Oxysternon festivum

Oxysternon festivum Linnaeus, 1767

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Description

Body length

18 - 25 mm long

Author(s): Larsen, Trond
Rights holder(s): Larsen, Trond

Diagnostic Description

Color forms vary from bright red to emerald green to entirely black

Author(s): Larsen, Trond
Rights holder(s): Larsen, Trond

Look Alikes

O. conspicillatum has metallic green femora

Author(s): Larsen, Trond
Rights holder(s): Larsen, Trond

Ecology and Distribution

Distribution

Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela. Entirely black form (subsp. nigerrimum) in Trinidad

Author(s): Larsen, Trond
Rights holder(s): Larsen, Trond

Habitat

Mesic and moist forests and savannas from lowlands to 1500 m (Edmonds & Zidek 2004)

Author(s): Larsen, Trond
Rights holder(s): Larsen, Trond

Trophic Strategy

Feeds on dung and carrion

Author(s): Larsen, Trond
Rights holder(s): Larsen, Trond

Taxonomy

  • Oxysternon viridanum Olsoufieff, 1924 (synonym)
  • Phanaeus hilaris Macleay, 1819 (synonym)
  • Scarabaeus festivum Linnaeus, 1767 (synonym)