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Leaf beetle (Chrysomelidae)CHRYSOMELIDAE (family)

Leaf beetle at Tathra, NSW

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CHRYSOMELIDAE (family) at Tathra, NSW - 16 Mar 2019
CHRYSOMELIDAE (family) at Tathra, NSW - 16 Mar 2019
CHRYSOMELIDAE (family) at Tathra, NSW - 16 Mar 2019

Identification history

Leaf beetle (Chrysomelidae) CHRYSOMELIDAE (family) 16 Mar 2019 KerriLee
Unidentified 16 Mar 2019 JackieMiles

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Author's notes

The 2nd & 3rd photos include a single Paropsis atomaria. If the smaller larvae are a different species, rather than an earlier instar of the same species, they were hanging around pretty closely with P. atomaria. Back when I had a holiday job with CSIRO in the 70s I was culturing things that looked exactly like this and they were then called Chryophtharta variicollis. I gather they are Paropsisterna something now.

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KimPullen wrote:
   16 Mar 2019
There do look to be 2 species involved, but the best I can do is say that they are members of the Paropsis group of genera, that includes Paropsis, Paropsisterna, Trachymela and several smaller genera. Chrysophtharta was 'sunk' (synonymised) under Paropsisterna by Chris Reid in 2006, see https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/Paropsisterna.
   16 Mar 2019
Thanks Kim. Had a quick browse for C. variicollis and was reminded that they actually had a black vertebral (so to speak) stripe, so perhaps we better leave it at Paropsisterna sp. Or not even that if you are not confident to take them that far. Should have brought a few home with me to grow on.

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 20 Abundance
  • 15 Mar 2019 Recorded on
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