Mecynorhina polyphemus confluens
English : Polyphemus beetle
French : Cétoine géante du Congo
Class : Insecta
Order : Coleoptera
Family : Scarabaeidae
Notes : 1 other subspecies known.
Adults can grow to 8 cm in length with males being much larger than females and showing three small horn-like projections on rostrum. Coloration bright emerald green with rows of beige spots on elytra and beige lines on cephalothorax.
Range and habitat
This subspecies occurs in Central Africa, from Gabon and DR Congo to Uganda. Species also found in Ivory Coast and Ghana. Lives in tropical forests and dense humid woodlands, plantations.
IUCN RED LIST : NOT LISTED
CITES : Not listed
Status : The species’ status has yet to be assessed. It is still common but could be threatened by deforestation and habitat loss.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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