RhipiceridaeFeather-horned Beetle (Rhipicera carinata) Feather-horned Beetle (Rhipicera femorata)

The family Rhipiceridae include seven genera (at time of writing, May 2023), which contain two subfamilies Rhipicerinae and Sandalinae. Australian genera/species are in the subfamily Rhipicerinae. Whilst there are four genus, Atlas of Living Australia identify two of these (Oligorhipis and Rhipicera) include species found in Australia.3

Feather-horned Beetle (Rhipicera carinata), Carine bushland/wetland WA © Michelle Dreher
Feather-horned Beetle (Rhipicera carinata), Carine bushland/wetland WA © Michelle Dreher

CSIRO Entomology (at time of writing May 2023), say the following…

This small family has not been well studied in Australia and as a result little is known of their biology and ecology. There are only 6 species of Rhipiceridae in Australia and all belong to the genus Rhipicera. Adults range in size from 10 to 25 millimetres in length and can be recognised by their large fan-like antennae. The antennae of males are unusual in that they have more than 20 segments and arise from small knob-like prominences. Most species are grey-black in colour with white spots on the elytra and pronotum, formed by patches of hair.

Source: RHIPICERIDAE – CSIRO Entomology4
Feather-horned Beetle (Rhipicera femorata), Southern Fleurieu Peninsula SA © Nomes Naomi Betts
Feather-horned Beetle (Rhipicera femorata), Southern Fleurieu Peninsula SA © Nomes Naomi Betts

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Subclass: Pterygota
  • Order: Coleoptera
  • Suborder: Polyphaga
  • Infraorder: Elateriformia
  • Superfamily: Dascilloidea
  • Family: Rhipiceridae
  • Genus: Rhipicera Latreille, 1817
  • Subgenus:

Footnote & References

  1. Photographs © Michelle Dreher
  2. Photographs © Nomes Naomi Betts
  3. Rhipiceridae, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/af43b6eb-c5c7-4366-84d5-51d10d615546
  4. RHIPICERIDAE – CSIRO Entomology, https://www.ento.csiro.au/education/insects/coleoptera_families/rhipiceridae.html
  5. Australasian Beetles Only, Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1180404322409639/
  6. Rhipicera Latreille, 1817, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/6c9af27e-1280-4158-96af-efac8e6ccbdf

RhipiceridaeFeather-horned Beetle (Rhipicera carinata) Feather-horned Beetle (Rhipicera femorata)

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