Hesperus gigas (Lea, 1929)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Cafius gigas Lea, 1929


Conservation Status


Last record: 1910's (DECC NSW, 2007)



Mount Lidgbird (=Mount Ledgbird =Big Hill), Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Australia












Original scientific description:

Lea, Arthur Mills. (1929). Notes on some miscellaneous Coleoptera, with description of new species. Part VII. Transcations and Proceedings of the Royal Society of South Australia 53: 203-244.


Other references:

Cassis G, Meades L, Reid C, Harris R, Carter G, Jeffreys E. (2003). Lord Howe Island: Terrestrial Invertebrates Biodiversity and Conservation. A report prepared by the Australian Museum Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Research for NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. Australian Museum, Sydney.

Department of Environment and Climate Change (NSW). (2007). Lord Howe Island Biodiversity Management Plan Appendices. Department of Environment and Climate Change (NSW), Sydney. vii + 267 pp.

Jenkins Shaw, Josh and Solodovnikov, Alexey. (2016). Systematic and biogeographic review of the Staphylinini rove beetles of Lord Howe Island with description of new species and taxonomic changes (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae). ZooKeys 638: 1-25.

Jensen, Arn Rytter et al. (2020). A total-evidence approach resolves phylogenetic placement of ‘Cafiusgigas, a unique recently extinct rove beetle from Lord Howe Island. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. doi: [Abstract]

Priddel, D., Carlile, N., Humphrey, M., Fellenberg, S. and Hiscox, D. (2003). Rediscovery of the ‘extinct’ Lord Howe Island stick-insect (Dryococelus australis (Montrouzier)) (Phasmatodea) and recommendations for its conservation. Biodiversity and Conservation 12: 1391-1403.


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