- Species presence
- Recorded In Australia
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- Museums Field Guide apps species profiles – terrestrial invertebrates
- Brief description: Very large stout, black beetle. Male with forked horns on the head and thorax.
- Description : Very large, stout, black beetle. Males with two forked horns, one on the head and one on the thorax. The larger the male, the larger the horns. Females lack horns.
- Biology : Large grey, curled larvae are common in suburban compost heaps. Adult beetles emerge in summer and are often attracted to lights or aggregate for mating in Poinciana trees, where they feed on the soft bark of young shoots. Adults squeak loudly when handled. They are largely harmless but have sharp claws.
- Habitat: Forests, but can also be common in suburban gardens.
- Maximum size (cm): 5.5
- Diet: Herbivore
- Dangerous: Not harmful, but claws can inflict a painful nip.
- Colours: Black
- Distribution: Australian subspecies occurs in northern and eastern Australia south to Sydney; other subspecies from Sulawesi across Indo-Pacific Archipelago.
- Habitat types: Terrestrial
- Commercial species: False
- Author credit: Burwell / Queensland Museum
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