The species name viridiaeneus means “green bronze”, referring to its distinctive metallic colouration.
What does Anoplognathus viridiaeneus look like?
Metallic, iridescent, golden green-bronze; clypeus rose red. Underside metallic, dark red to green; thorax with dense, long, white hair, except on midline; abdomen with few, fine, short, flat, white hairs, restricted to lateral areas. Legs non-metallic, red brown; tarsi black.
Clypeus: Long; contracted behind apex; recurved; front margin rounded.
Foretibia: Broad; three tibial teeth, two distinct, one weak.
Metaventral process: Flat; apex reaching forecoxae.
Pygidium: Metallic, green; slightly rough surface texture; with erect, brown hairs at apex.
Where is Anoplognathus viridiaeneus found?
East Australian coast, from Rockhampton, QLD to Bateman’s Bay, NSW.
What species are similar to Anoplognathus viridiaeneus?
Anoplognathus viridiaeneus is an extremely distinct species. It is very large, and a striking metallic golden green-bronze with green to red iridescence.