Helenomelas basilewskyi Ardoin, 1972



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 1960's


"Of the five PBP endemics, one that was numerous in the 1960s (Helenomelas basilewskyi) was not found during the survey in Sept-Dec 2003. Although this must raise concern about its current status, its main season is probably in the early months of the year so further search is needed at that time."




St. Helena


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Ardoin, P. (1972). La faune terrestre de l’île de Sainte-Hélène. Deuxième partie. Insectes. 9. Coleoptera. 28. Fam. Tenebrionidae. Annales du Musée Royal de l’Afrique Centrale – Tervuren 192: 188-212, pls 1-4.


Other references:

Iwan, Dariusz. (2004). A Comparative Study of Male Genitalia in Opatrinae Sensu Medvedev (1968) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), with Notes on The Reinterpreted Tribal Classification. Part II. Annales Zoologici 54(4): 735-765. [Abstract]

Pryce, David. (2019). David Pryce Invertebrate Surveys: Prosperous Bay Plain Invertebrate Survey 2018-19. Unpublished report.


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