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  • The family Oxypeltidae Lacordaire, 1868 currently contains 3 species in 2 genera. Photographs of all described species are available for this family. This small family has traditionally been classified as a subfamily of Cerambycidae.
Diagnostic Features of Adults
  • Robust, glabrous and brightly colored beetles, with moderately long antennae on raised insertions (Lawrence, 2007).

  • Length 15-34 mm. Antenna 11-segmented, serrate. Insertions exposed. Prosternal process complete. Procoxae not projecting, with exposed trochantins. Procoxal cavities strongly transverse, externally and internally closed. Mesocoxal cavities moderately widely separated, laterally open. Tarsi pseudotetramerous. Abdomen with 5 free ventrites. Prothorax distinctly narrower than elytral bases; lateral pronotal carinae absent (but flattened, dorsolateral processes in Cheloderus); elytral apices each with 2 spines (Lawrence, 2007).
Diagnostic Features of Larvae
  • Not yet available for this taxon.
Geographic Distribution of FamilyBiology and Economic Importance
  • Adults on plant surfaces; larvae feed on the wood of angiosperms, especially Nothofagus (Lawrence, 2007).
Selected References to Adult SpecimensSelected References to Adult Specimens

Cheloderus childreni Gray, 1832
Oxypeltidae: Oxypeltinae: Oxypeltini
Photograph © N.P. Lord


Last updated: 1 May 2017
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