Aegidium reichei Preudhomme de Borre, 1886

Aegidium reichei Preudhomme de Borre


Original description: Preudhomme de Borre, 1886.

Type locality: Colombia.

Type depository: IRSNB.

Diagnosis. Similar to Ae. varians and Ae. onorei in the shape of the pronotum in larger males having relatively slender pronotal lateral processes with smaller base, and in the parameres without separate ventrobasal transverse plate. It differs in having the parameres relatively long, tapering and with feebly sclerotized apices.

Distribution. Aegidium reichei was described from Colombia, without precise locality. We studied material from two rather distant localities in the Central Colombian Andes and in the Amazonian lowland forest in Peru. The record from Santo Domingo de los Colourados (Paulian 1984) apparently pertains to Ae. onorei  (Frolov et al., 2017).


Preudhomme de Borre, A. (1886) Descriptions de deux espèces nouvelles du genre Aegidium Westwood suivies de la liste des Orphnides du Musée royal d'histoire naturelle de Belgique. Annales de la Société Entomologique de Belgique, 30, 24-26.

Paulian R. 1984. Les Orphnidae Americains (Coleopteres, Scarabaeoidea). Annales de la Société Entomologique de France (N S). 20: 65-92.

Frolov A. V., Akhmetova L. A., Vaz-de-Mello F. Z. 2017. Revision of the mainland species of the Neotropical genus Aegidium Westwood (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Orphninae). Journal of Natural History. 51 (19–20): 1035–1090.


Aegidium reichei, male

Aegidium reichei