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Bostrichidae

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Our largest species is Bostrychopsis jesuita, which is widely distributed across the northern part of the continent and normally attacks wattles and eucalypts. Xylion, Xylobosca, Xylopsocus and related genera contain most of our smaller species, many of which have concave elytral apices with which the males block the tunnel entrances against predators and parasitoids while the female is laying eggs. In Xylobosca bispinosa the males have, in addition to the concave declivity, a pair of diverging spines, which are lacking in the female. [Crowson 1961a; Lawrence 1980; Vrydagh 1958.]



 

 

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