The species name viriditarsis means “green foot”, reffering to the reflections on its tarsi.
What does Anoplognathus viriditarsis look like?
Yellow to light red brown, with golden green to rose reflections; head, pronotum and scutellum often slightly darker than elytra. Underside dark green; thorax with dense, long, white hair, except on midline; abdomen with very few, scattered, short, white hair. Legs yellow to red brown; tarsi black, sometimes with weak green reflections.
Clypeus: Long; evenly contracted in middle; recurved; strongly flaring at front margin.
Foretibia: Broad; three distinct tibial teeth.
Metaventral process: Flat; apex reaching forecoxae.
Pygidium: Red brown, with green margins; smooth surface texture; with very few fine, short, erect, yellow hairs and with a wide, dense, long, yellow, annual tuft.
Where is Anoplognathus viriditarsis found?
South East Australia, from Bundaberg, QLD to Melbourne, VIC.
What species are similar to Anoplognathus viriditarsis?
A. montanus, A. rhinastus
Anoplognathus viriditarsis has a wide, flared clypeus, it is not acutely narrowed. Its abdominal sternites are without continuous, horizontal bands of setae across their basal margins.
It is also similar to A. macleayi and A. narmarus, however these species are only known from central Australia, and rarely have any colourful reflections.