Helea ovata, from NatureMapr.

Belongs within: Heleini.

Helea is a genus of pie-dish beetles in which the pronotal flanges are extended around the front of the head (Matthews & Bouchard 2008).

Characters (from Matthews & Bouchard 2008): Length 10–37 mm. Flightless. Pronotal disc usually with a median costa or spine. Pronotal flanges extended forward and inward to approach one another or meet above or in front of head. Elytral flanges generally wide. Metaventrite along midline shorter than first ventrite.

<==Helea Latreille 1804 [=Elaeus Kirby 1819, Helaeus Kirby 1819, Heleus Latreille 1817]MB08
    |--*H. perforata Latreille 1817 (see below for synonymy)MB08
    |--H. approximata Carter 1910 [=Helaeus approximatus]MB08
    |--H. bimarginata Carter 1914 [=Helaeus bimarginatus]MB08
    |--H. brevicostata Blackburn 1888 [=Helaeus brevicostatus]MB08
    |--H. browni Kirby 1819 [=Helaeus browni; incl. Helaeus interioris Macleay 1888]MB08
    |--H. castor Pascoe 1866 [=Helaeus castor]MB08
    |--H. colossa Brême 1842 [=Helaeus colossus]MB08
    |--H. comata Carter 1910 [=Helaeus comatus]MB08
    |--H. conjuncta Lea 1917 [=Helaeus conjunctus]MB08
    |--H. consularis Pascoe 1866 [=Helaeus consularis]MB08
    |--H. cornuta Lamarck 1817 (n. d.)MB08
    |--H. crenatipennis Carter 1910 [=Helaeus crenatipennis]MB08
    |--H. cycliformis Carter 1914 [=Helaeus cycliformis]MB08
    |--H. debilis Blackburn 1892 [=Helaeus debilis]MB08
    |--H. derbyensis Macleay 1888 [=Helaeus derbyensis]MB08
    |--H. echidna White 1841 [=Helaeus echidna]MB08
    |--H. elliptica Lea 1897 [=Helaeus ellipticus]MB08
    |--H. elongata Blackburn 1890 [=Helaeus elongatus]MB08
    |--H. frenchi Carter 1910 [=Helaeus frenchi]MB08
    |--H. georgei Carter 1910 [=Helaeus georgei]MB08
    |--H. gilesi Carter 1910 [=Helaeus gilesi]MB08
    |--H. granulata Lea 1896 [=Helaeus granulatus]MB08
    |--H. haagi Dohrn 1881 [=Helaeus haagi]MB08
    |--H. hamlyni Carter 1911 [=Helaeus hamlyni]MB08
    |--H. hopei Brême 1842 [=Helaeus hopei]MB08
    |--H. ingens Blackburn 1892 [=Helaeus ingens]MB08
    |--H. intermedia Brême 1842 [=Helaeus intermedius]MB08
    |--H. latifolia Carter 1920 [=Helaeus latifolius]MB08
    |--H. lubrica Blackburn 1892 [=Helaeus lubricus]MB08
    |--H. macleayi Pascoe 1842 [=Helaeus macleayi]MB08
    |--H. mastersi Pascoe 1870 [=Helaeus mastersi]MB08
    |--H. modica Blackburn 1899 [=Helaeus modicus]MB08
    |--H. monilifera Pascoe 1866 [=Helaeus monilifer]MB08
    |--H. occidentalis Carter 1910 [=Helaeus occidentalis]MB08
    |--H. opacicollis Carter 1910 [=Helaeus opacicollis]MB08
    |--H. ovata Guérin-Méneville 1830 (see below for synonymy)MB08
    |--H. pallida Macleay 1888 [=Helaeus pallidus]MB08
    |--H. perlata Carter 1930 [=Helaeus perlatus]MB08
    |--H. perroni Boisduval 1835 [=Helaeus perroni; incl. Helaeus falcatus Pascoe 1866]MB08
    |--H. princeps Hope 1848 [=Helaeus princeps; incl. Helaeus aridus Blackburn 1892]MB08
    |--H. rugosipennis Carter 1910 [=Helaeus rugosipennis]MB08
    |--H. scaphiformis Blackburn 1899 [=Helaeus scaphiformis]MB08
    |--H. sexcostata Lamarck 1817 (n. d.)MB08
    |--H. sparsa Carter 1910 [=Helaeus sparsus]MB08
    |--H. spinifer Carter 1910B14 [=Helaeus spiniferMB08]
    |--H. squamosa Carter 1910 [=Helaeus squamosus]MB08
    |--H. subpustulosa Carter 1937 [=Helaeus subpustulosus]MB08
    |--H. subseriata Blackburn 1899 [=Helaeus subseriatus]MB08
    |--H. tricostalis Lamarck 1817 (n. d.)MB08
    |--H. tuberculata Brême 1842 [=Helaeus tuberculatus]MB08
    `--H. waitei Lea 1917 [=Helaeus waitei]MB08

Helea ovata Guérin-Méneville 1830 [=Helaeus ovatus; incl. Helaeus echinatus Hope 1848, Helaeus horridus Blackburn 1888]MB08

*Helea perforata Latreille 1817 [=*Heleus perforatus; incl. Helaeus fulvohirtus Lea 1896, Helea hispida Lamarck 1817, Helaeus kirbyi Brême 1842, Helaeus spencii Brême 1842, Helaeus spinolae Hope 1848]MB08

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B14] Bouchard, P. (ed.) 2014. The Book of Beetles: A lifesize guide to six hundred of nature’s gems. Ivy Press: Lewes (United Kingdom).

[MB08] Matthews, E. G., & P. Bouchard. 2008. Tenebrionid Beetles of Australia: Descriptions of tribes, keys to genera, catalogue of species. Australian Biological Resources Study: Canberra.

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