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Pie-dish Beetle - Pterohelaeus sp. (P. walkeri,  P. cornutus or P. piceus)


This page contains information and pictures about Pie-dish Beetles that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 20mm
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This beetle was found walking on ground in our front yard during the day on March 2008. We took it inside our house and took some photos. We kept it for a day and let it back to our front yard. 
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We found this beetle a few time on ground in different gardens and parks around Brisbane. There were all found wandering on ground. We found that it is the Pterohelaeus sp.,  could be the P. walkeri,  P. cornutus or P. piceus, most likely the P. walkeri.

1. Beetles - family Tenebrionidae - lifeunseen.com, by Nick Monaghan, 2008.
2. Beetles of Australia - Trevor J Hawkeswood, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1987, plate 125.    
3. Pterohelaeus piceus - Morwell National Park Online, 2006.
4. Pterohelaeus Brême, 1842 - Australian Biological Resources Study, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2007. 
5. A guide to the Genera of Beetles of South Australia Part.5 - Matthews, E.G. 1987, plate 87.
6. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009. 
7. A Guide to the Beetles of Australia - George Hangay and Paul Zborowski, CSIRO PUBLISHING April 2010, p177.
8. Classification, relationships and distribution of the genera of Heleini (Coleoptera : Tenebrionidae) - E.G. Matthews, 1993, Invertebrate Taxonomy 7(5) 1025 - 1095.
9. Terrestrial Invertebrate Status Review (Brisbane City) - Dr John Stanisic, Queensland Museum, 2005, page 72, fig35j.

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