Macroderes nitidus Harold

Macroderes nitidus Harold, 1877


Diagnosis. Macroderes nitidus is very similar to M. minutus and M. politulus in body shape and punctuation of pronotum but males can easily be separated from them by the peculiar shape of internal sac sclerite. From the former species it also differs in larger average size. From the latter species it also differs in having impunctate lateral border of pronotum. Body size: males - length 8.2-11.5 mm, width
5.0-7.5 mm, females - length 8.5-12.0 mm, width 5.0-8.1 mm.


Macroderes nitidus Harold, habitus

Macroderes nitidus, habitus


Distribution. The only exact locality known for this species is the Cederberg Range (Western Cape Province, South Africa).

Macroderes nitidus Harold, locality map

Macroderes nitidus, locality map



Harold E., von. 1877 – Coleopterorum species navae. – Mitt. muench.ent. Ver., 1, 97-111.

Frolov, A. V. & Scholtz, C. H. 2005. Revision of the southern African genus Macroderes Westwood (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae). Annales de la Société Entomologique de France (N. S.), 40(3-4): 371-391.