Tarsostenodes simulator


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A small clerid beetle moving and marked like an ant. About 12mm long. Dark red antennae and legs. Cleridae, Clerinae, Scrobiger seems most likely and this is not the one with yellow antennae.
This might be the target of mimicry found in the same area http://natureshare.org.au/observations/54f7c4c3ed2a89097e00027d

Date & Time

  2014-12-30 02:42 AM


-37.908975 , 145.314498 : 169.155 m

Near Upwey VIC 3158, Australia


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  1. Russell Best  Amazing Mark. Fantastic example of deception. My first impression was it looks a bit like a Jumping Jack but it is much more like Rhytidoponera metallica? Do you think the white markings are to make the abdomen look more segmented like an ant?

    Reply • 11 Feb 2015

    • Russell Best  I meant to mention too ... Red legs and red antennae match too, as in this observation: http://natureshare.org.au/observations/53b39856e35eb1298400fe41 The bead-like antennae are a pretty good match too.

      Reply • 11 Feb 2015

      • Mark Ridgway  Yep that ant looks a good mimic target. This beetle is just over the back of our hill so I'm determined to find the exact ant species in the same location. (and maybe a clerid with 2 antennae :)

        Reply • 11 Feb 2015

        • Russell Best  Good luck looking for Rhytidoponera metallica. I've seen it at a few locations that I visit regularly and at each spot I've only ever seen it once!

          Reply • 11 Feb 2015

    • Mark Ridgway  My goodness Rhytidoponera metallica is very similar. Thanks Russell that will help in the search. The annoying thing is that I saw many similar ants on the day but only did the beetle.

      Reply • 11 Feb 2015

    • Mark Ridgway  Sorry Russell I didn't comment re white markings... yes I'm certainly those markings are too much in exactly the right place to not suggest proportional body segments - all you can logically do with an essential pair of wing covers I guess. The proportions are excellent match to Rhytidoponera metallica.

      Reply • 11 Feb 2015

  2. Justin Bartlett  Hi. This clerid is Tarsostenodes simulator. All the best, Justin.

    Reply • 03 Feb 2017

    • Mark Ridgway  Ah brilliant. Thanks so much Justin. I've been searching this one for yonks.

      Reply • 06 Feb 2017

  3. David Francis  Thanks for sorting out the NatureShare Clerids, Justin. Identification by Justin Bartlett (Clerid researcher) Feb 2017.

    Reply • 04 Feb 2017

NS Observation No. 54DB2ABAED2A8980F50001AB
Created 2015-02-11 09:11 PM (over 5 years ago)
Created By Mark Ridgway
Updated 2017-02-04 11:55 AM (over 3 years ago)
Updated By David Francis
Edits 5
Photo Quality good-for-id
Camera Date-Stamp Yes
Camera Geotag No
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