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Sternocera orissa

Sternocera orissa, 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: Elateriformia
Superfamilia: Buprestoidea

Familia: Buprestidae
Subfamilia: Julodinae
Genus: Sternocera
Species: S. orissa

Subspecies: S. o. abita – S. o. bertolonii – S. o. lanifica – S. o. luctifera – S. o. orissa – S. o. variabilis

Sternocera orissa Buquet, 1837

Sternocera orissa variabilis

Sternocera orissa variabilis


Genus: Sternocera.

Sternocera orissa, common name Giant jewel beetle, is a species of beetles belonging to the Buprestidae family.[1][2]


Sternocera orissa abita Holm & Gussmann, 1992
Sternocera orissa bertolonii Thomson, 1878
Sternocera orissa lanifica Erichson, 1843
Sternocera orissa luctifera Klug, 1855
Sternocera orissa orissa Buquet, 1837
Sternocera orissa variabilis Kerrmans, 1886


Sternocera orissa can reach a length of about 35–45 millimetres (1.4–1.8 in). The basic color of the elytra is greenish-black or bluish-black, with whitish to yellowish eyespots and markings.[3]

This species can be found in Botswana, southern Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and in Tanzania.[4][5][6]


"Sternocera orissa". Encyclopedia of Life. Encyclopedia of Life. Retrieved 27 November 2013.
E. Holm, S. Gussmann Revision of the genus Sternocera Eschscholtz of Africa
Beetles of Africa
African Sternocera
Chmurova, Lucia. "Sternosea orissa Buquet, 1837". Flickr. Natural History Museum UK. Retrieved 27 November 2013.

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