Subject: Gibbifer gibbosus?
Location: La Estrella, Antioquia, Colombia
December 17, 2014 9:39 am
I found this beautiful beetle walking over a fungus, near Medellin, Colombia, at about 1700 m over the sea level. So I think it could be a “pleasing fungus beetle”, but I only find references of this species in Central American countries.
During my search in internet, I also found the latin word “gibbosus” that means “humpback”. It seems to be clearly the case of this beetle.
Your images of a Pleasing Fungus Beetle on its namesake food are spectacular, but they took us so long to format for the web that we don’t have the after final energy to research their identity, but we believe the genus Gibbifer is correct.
It’s a new day and we are linking to a Costa Rican Pleasing Fungus Beetle submission from earlier in the year that might be Gibbifer gibbosus, but we were never able to substantiate that identification. Insetologia from Brazil has an image of a Pleasing Fungus Beetle that look identical to your individual that is identified as being in the genus Cypherotylus, a name we cited as obsolete in a posting from our archives. FlickR includes an image of a Pleasing Fungus Beetle in the genus Gibbifer, but it looks nothing like your individual. A search for Gibbifer led us to another FlickR image from Peru that looks similar to your individual, but it is only identified to the genus level.