Platyphanes

Platyphanes sp., copyright Victor W. Fazio III.

Belongs within: Heleini.

Platyphanes is a genus of tenebrionid beetles with short antennae and striate elytra found in southern and eastern Australia (Matthews & Bouchard 2008).

Characters (from Matthews & Bouchard 2008): Length 14–27 mm. Antennae short, with third segment less than two times as long as fourth. Clypeolabral membrane largely or wholly concealed under edge of clypeus when seen from above. Anterior margin and fringe of labrum entire. Scutellum subequilateral. Elytral punctures arranged in rows or striae (rarely indistinct). Wings fully developed. Metaventrite about as long as first ventrite. Ovipositor coxites strongly flattened.

<==Platyphanes Westwood 1849 [incl. Laonicus Haag-Rutenberg 1878, Opigenia Pascoe 1869]MB08
    |--*P. gibbosus Westwood 1849MB08
    |--P. browni (Carter 1914) [=Opigenia browni]MB08
    |--P. chalcopteroides Carter 1913MB08
    |--P. clarki Carter 1913MB08
    |--P. creber Blackburn 1892MB08
    |--P. cyaneipennis Carter 1915MB08
    |--P. cyaneus Pascoe 1866MB08
    |--P. daemeli (Haag-Rutenberg 1878) [=*Laonicus daemeli]MB08
    |--P. denticollis Carter 1914MB08
    |--P. ellipticus Carter 1913MB08
    |--P. elongatulus Macleay 1887MB08
    |--P. frenchi Carter 1913MB08
    |--P. kershawi (Carter 1913) [=Maerodes kershawi]MB08
    |--P. minor Carter 1913MB08
    |--P. oblongus Waterhouse 1874 [incl. P. godeffroyi Haag-Rutenberg 1878]MB08
    |--P. parallelus Carter 1913MB08
    |--P. pilosus (Haag-Rutenberg 1878) [=Laonicus pilosus]MB08
    |--P. planatus Carter 1936MB08
    |--P. quadrifoveatus Carter 1913 [incl. P. subangulatus Carter 1913]MB08
    |--P. rugosulus Carter 1914MB08
    |--P. similis Carter 1918MB08
    |--P. striatopunctatus (Westwood 1849) [=Prophanes striatopunctatus]MB08
    |--P. subseriatus Carter 1937MB08
    |--P. superbus Blackburn 1894MB08
    `--P. vittatus Westwood 1849 [incl. *Opigenia iridescens Pascoe 1869]MB08

*Type species of generic name indicated

References

[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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