oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Why do some hopliinid beetles have large hind-legs?

Volume 55, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Not much is known about the ecology of the hopliinid beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Rutelinae: Hopliini (Scholtz & Holm 1985), probably because they are of little economic importance. Some hopliinids have extraordinarily developed hind legs and claws. Current hypotheses for the functions of these large legs include anchorage in and extraction of the insect from the daisy flowers into which they burrow to feed (P�ringuey 1900-1902; Scholtz & Holm 1985). The aim of this article is to suggest an alternate, sexual selection interpretation of the morphology of a species of this poorly studied group.

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