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Observations of the Miena jewel beetle Castiarina inscultpa (Carter, 1934) in the summer of 2012-13


Bonham, K and Richards, K and Spencer, CP and Grove, S and Reid, C and Byrne, C and Hird, D and Throssell, A, Observations of the Miena jewel beetle Castiarina inscultpa (Carter, 1934) in the summer of 2012-13, Tasmanian Naturalist, 135 pp. 104-109. ISSN 0819-6826 (2013) [Refereed Article]


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The Miena jewel beetle Castiarina insculpta (Carter, 1934) is classified as endangered on the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 and has been infrequently recorded since its re-discovery in 2004. Multiple searches during February 2013 resulted in observations of large numbers of live individuals of the species at several sites on Tasmania's Central Plateau. These finds resulted in a moderate range extension, recognition of Ozothamnus hookeri Sond. as the species' host plant, and increased life history knowledge of the beetle. Only further searching will determine whether the species was unusually abundant in 2012−13, or whether it had been overlooked in previous years.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Tasmania, Miena jewl beetle
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Bonham, K (Dr Kevin Bonham)
ID Code:90979
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2014-05-05
Last Modified:2014-07-30
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