Research project: Systematics and taxonomy of the fiery leaf-beetles (Spilopyrinae)


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Museum investigators

Funded by

  • Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS)


These species show a classic late-Gondwanan distribution pattern, being found in Australia, New Guinea, New Caledonia and southern South America. Adults and larvae feed on the leaves of trees, including Nothofagus and various Sapindaceae. Adults are rarely collected and many species are represented by only one or two specimens. This project aims to resolve the nomenclature and taxonomy of the group.

Dr Chris Reid , Research Scientist
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