Small australian stag beetle
Location: Mount Gambier S.A Australia
February 21, 2012 4:53 am
I was wondering if you could identify this stag beetle for me?
I left the light on in the kitchen at night and it was sitting on the windowsill in the back yard(in summer). I went outside and chaught two of them to take a closer look at.(i could only find two) a day or so after they died sadly . The largest is 14mm (quite small) and the othe 12mm. they are brownish red and both have the lareish antler like mandibles. I cant find a picture or anything about this cute little Beetle…
We agree that this is most likely a Stag Beetle, however, we did not have any luck with an online identification either. We are posting this as unidentified in the hopes that we might eventually be able to provide you with a species name.
Comment from mct5548
It seems to be the genus Syndesus MacLeay, which is indeed a stag beetle. Two species occur in Australia, S. cornutus and S. macleayi.
Ed. Note: We found this link on Alain Galant’s website and the beetles look like a spot on match to us. http://web.me.com/alain.galant/LES_LUCANIDAE_DU_MONDE/Syndesus_Cornutus.html