The species name olivieri refers to Guillaume-Antoine Olivier, an 18th century French entomologist.
What does Anoplognathus olivieri look like?
Yellow to red brown, with golden green reflections; head, pronotum and scutellum often darer and with stronger reflections then elytra; elytra with pigmented black punctures, often in distinctive irregular lines. Underside thorax red brown; thorax with fine, long erect, white hair; abdomen metallic green, except last abdominal segment red brown; abdomen with sparse, fine, short, erect, white hair. Legs red brown; tarsi dark.
Clypeus: Borad; evenly contracted in middle; strongly recurved; front margin flared.
Foretibia: Board; two distinct tibial teeth.
Metaventral process: Slightly curved, apex overhanging forecoxae.
Pygidium: Dark red brown, with green reflections; tapered towards apex; smooth surface; with a long, yellow, annual tuft.
Where is Anoplognathus olivieri found?
South East Australian Coast, from Gladstone, QLD to Warmambool, VIC.
What species are similar to Anoplognathus olivieri?
A. porosus, A. vietor, A. boisduvali
Anoplognathus olivieri has wider elytra, appearing rounded at the side, and distinctly pigmented punctures often forming distinct irregular lines. It has broad fore tibiae with short, blunt teeth, not narrow with long, acute teeth. Its pygidium is smooth and without setae but with a short tuft of anal hairs. Its clypeus is also without setae.
Punctures and setae are often highly variable, so it is important to check other features for accurate identification.