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Eudicella smithi, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Coleopterida
Ordo: Coleoptera
Subordo: Polyphaga
Infraordo: Scarabaeiformia
Superfamilia: Scarabaeoidea

Familia: Scarabaeidae
Subfamilia: Cetoniinae
Tribus: Goliathini
Subtribus: Coryphocerina
Genus: Eudicella
Species: Eudicella smithii

Eudicella smithii (MacLeay, 1838)

Schoolmeesters, P. 2017. Scarabs: World Scarabaeidae Database (version Jul 2016). In: Roskov Y., Abucay L., Orrell T., Nicolson D., Bailly N., Kirk P., Bourgoin T., DeWalt R.E., Decock W., De Wever A., Nieukerken E. van, Zarucchi J., Penev L., eds. 2017. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life, 30th January 2017. Digital resource at www.catalogueoflife.org/col. Species 2000: Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands. ISSN 2405-8858. Reference page. [accessed on May 13, 2017]

Eudicella smithii is a species of African scarab beetle in the subfamily Cetoniinae, the flower beetles, los machos presentan 1 cuerno clipeal de mayor tamaño, mayormente de color rojizo y cafe. Su alimentación en cautiverio de etapa adulta varía entre platano,mango, melón y frutas suaves.[2]


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The adults of Eudicella smithii reach about 25–40 millimetres (1.0–1.6 in) of length. The males have a Y-shaped forked horn in the forehead, typical of the entire genus and used in fighting over females and in defense of territory. The color of the pronotum can be reddish, green or blue. The elytra vary from ocher to yellowish and show a black spot on the shoulders and on the rear exterior angles. The legs are mostly reddish brown. Due to similarities between Eudicella smithii and Eudicella euthalia, the two are easily confused.

This species can be found in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania.[1]


Catalogue of life

MacLeay W.S. (1838) On the Cetoniidae of South Africa. Smith A. Illustrations of the zoology of South Africa; consisting chiefly of figures and descriptions of the objects of natural history collected during an expedition into the interior of South Africa, in the years 1834, Smith, Elder & Co. London 3:3-52
Scarabs: World Scarabaeidae Database. Schoolmeesters P.

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