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Mecynorhinella torquata

Mecynorhinella torquata , 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
Genus: Mecynorhinella
Species: Mecynorhinella torquata

Mecynorhina torquata (or Mecynorhinella torquata) is a beetle from the subfamily Cetoniinae, tribe Goliathini.

Description

Mecynorhina torquata is among the largest flower beetles in the world, only surpassed by the goliath beetles. It reaches about 55–85 millimetres (2.2–3.3 in) of length in the males, while the females are slightly smaller, reaching about 50–60 millimetres (2.0–2.4 in) of length. The basic colour is green with whitish markings on the elytra. The males have a horn in the forehead. The larvae can reach about 80 millimetres (3.1 in) of length in the males, with a weight of about 30-40g.
Distribution

These beetles are native to tropical Africa, especially in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon and Uganda.
Subspecies

Mecynorhina torquata immaculicollis (Kraatz, 1890)
Mecynorhina torquata poggei (Kraatz, 1890)
Mecynorhina torquata torquata (Drury, 1782)
Mecynorhina torquata ugandensis Moser, 1907 – sometimes treated as a separate species

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