Eophileurus convexus (Arrow)

Convex Rhinoceros Beetle (Eophileurus convexus)

The Convex Rhinoceros Beetle was described in 1900; the species is known from a  single specimen that had been found in 1897 or 1898 at Flying Fish Cove at the northern coast of Christmas Island, Australia.

This new species is formed for the first representative of the important family Dynastidae so found in the island, a single specimen having been recently discovered by Mr. H. Ross. 
This species is less flattened, and somewhat longer than usual, but does not differ structurally from the larger described forms of Continental Asia, where all its hitherto known allies are found, ….
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The species has never been found and might well be extinct now. [2]

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syn. Phileurus convexus Arrow

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Depiction from: ‘Charles William Andrews: A monograph of Christmas Island (Indian Ocean). London: printed by order of the Trustees 1900’

(public domain)

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References:

[1] Charles William Andrews: A monograph of Christmas Island (Indian Ocean). London: printed by order of the Trustees 1900
[2] D. J. James; P. T. Green; W. F. Humphreys; J. C. Z. Woinarski: Endemic species of Christmas Island, Indian Ocean. Records of the Western Australian Museum 34: 55-114. 2019

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edited: 15.02.2024