Anthicodes maculatus   (Woll.)


 
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Spotted Saint Helena Flower Beetle
(Anthicodes maculatus)

 
syn. -

 
distribution:

Britisches ‹berseegebiet Saint Helena, Ascension und Tristan da Cunha: Saint Helena

 
local name: -

 
size: (?)

extinction date: (?)

 
The genus Anthicodes is currently designated to include about eight species, two of which (Anthicodes fragilis (Woll.), Anthicodes maculatus (Woll.)) are resp. were endemic to the island of Saint Helena.

Thomas Vernon Wollaston wrote about the Spotted Saint Helena Flower Beetle in the year 1877 (Coleoptera Sanctae-Helenae).:

The first spot in which I met with this robust and singular Anthicid is the Aster-grove [Commidendrum robustum ssp. gummiferum ((Roxb.) Cronk)] beyond West Lodge, on the inner slope of the great Sandy-Bay crater and overlooking Lufkins; nad it was not until after the early summer rains, about the end of January, that it began to make its appearance more abundantly. At that time, however, it was found by Mrs. Wollaston and myself in comparative profusion, - at the edge of the tremendous precipice immediately above West Lodge, adhering to small pieces of stick which were lying on the exposed rocky soil, as well as on the only available portion of the almost inaccessible ground behind High Peak.

The species is now most probably extinct, as it could not be detected within its former geographic range at any of the regional surveys undertaken during the last years.

 
References:

- Howard Mendel; Philip Ashmole; Myrtle Ashmole: Invertebrates of the Central Peaks and Peak Dale, St Helena. 2008