Saragus

Saragus costatus, copyright Alan Melville.

Belongs within: Heleini.

Saragus is a genus of burrowing pie-dish beetles found in southern Australia. Species are not seen foraging above ground (Matthews & Bouchard 2008).

Characters (from Matthews & Bouchard 2008): Length 10–20 mm. Flightless. Dorsal surfaces rarely with erect bristles, without scales or pilosity. Eye entire. Antennal sensilla spread over most of distal segment surfaces, apical segment not reduced. Mandibles apically bidentate. Mentum not enlarged. Disc of pronotum more or less evenly convex. Pronotal flanges not extended over head. Metaventrite along midline shorter than first ventrite. Protibia without teeth along outer edge, but sometimes crenulate. Forespur enlarged, longer than first tarsomere.

<==Saragus Erichson 1842 [incl. Cyclosattus Casey 1892]MB08
|--S. costatus (Solier 1848) (see below for synonymy)MB08
|--S. australisM86
|--S. barretti Carter 1932MB08
|--S. brunnipesM86
|--S. carinatusM86
|--S. cassidoides Boisd. 1835M86
|--S. catenulatus Macleay 1888MB08
|--S. contractus Hope 1848M86
|--S. duboulayi Pascoe 1866M86
|--S. ellipsoides Carter 1921MB08
|--S. emarginatus Guér. 1830M86
|--S. frenchi Carter 1910MB08
|--S. gagatesM86
|--S. granulatus Germ. 1848M86
|--S. inaequalis Blackburn 1888 [incl. S. lindi Blackburn 1888]MB08
|--S. interruptusM86
|--S. latus Blackburn 1888MB08
|--S. levicostatus Macleay 1888 [incl. S. mediocris Blackburn 1888]MB08
|--S. marginatusM86
|--S. marginellus (Hope 1848) [=Helaeus marginellus; incl. S. rudis Macleay 1888]MB08
|--S. mastersi Carter 1910MB08
|--S. orbicularisM86
|--S. pascoei Macleay 1888MB08
|--S. peltatus Erichs. 1842M86
|--S. rotundatusM86
|--S. rugosus (Boisduval 1835) [=Cilibe rugosa]MB08
|--S. silphodesM86
|--S. simplex Hope 1848M86
|--S. sphaeroides Carter 1911MB08
|--S. strigiventris Lea 1915MB08
|--S. subrugosusM86
|--S. tarsalis Hope 1842M86
|--S. testudineus Hope 1842M86
|--S. tricostellus White 1841M86
|--S. tristisM86
`--S. unicarinatusM86

Saragus costatus (Solier 1848) [=Cilibe costatus; incl. Silpha laevicollis Erichson 1842 non Fabricius 1775, *Saragus laevicollis, Eusattus websteri Casey 1891, *Cyclosattus websteri]MB08

*Type species of generic name indicated

References

[M86] Masters, G. 1886. Catalogue of the described Coleoptera of Australia. Part IV. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, series 2, 1 (2): 259–380.

[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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