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Batocera wallacei
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Batocera wallacei. Mounted specimen at the National Museum (Prague)
Scientific classification
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Superfamily:
Cerambycoidea
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Subfamily:
Lamiinae
Genus:
Batocera
Species:
B. wallacei
Binomial name
Batocera wallacei
Thomson, 1858
Synonyms
  • Batocera phorkyas Kriesche, 1928

Batocera wallacei, common name Wallace’s long-horn beetle, is a species of flat-faced longhorn beetle in the subfamily Lamiinae of the family Cerambycidae. The species name honors Alfred Russel Wallace, who discovered this longhorn beetle on the Aru Islands in Indonesia. It was named after him by James Thomson in 1858.

Description

Batocera wallacei is a huge long-horn beetle reaching about 80–85 millimetres (3.1–3.3 in) of length in the males, while the females are smaller. The length of the antenna may reach about 215–230 millimetres (8.5–9.1 in) in the males. The basic colour of the body is greenish-brownish or grey with whitish dorsal patches on the elytra. The larvae are nearly four inches long.

Distribution

This quite common species can be found in Australia (Queensland), Papua New Guinea and the Moluccas (Aru Island, Kei Island) .

Subspecies

  • Batocera wallacei var. proserpina Thomson, 1865 (Java)

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