Melobasis empyria Olliff, 1889:83

Fiery jewel beetle



Taxonomy & Nomenclature



Conservation Status


Last record: 1880's (DECC NSW, 2007)



Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Australia


Biology & Ecology

"Ecology: adult–diurnal, herbivore, volant, larva–wood-borer."

(Bellamy, 2002:151)



Holotype: AM collection, sex unknown






Original scientific description:

Olliff, A. S. (1889). The insect fauna of Lord Howe Island. Australian Museum Memoir 2(4): 75-98.


Other references:

Bellamy, C. L. (2002). Volume 29.5. Coleoptera: Buprestoidea. In: W. W. K. Houston (ed.). Zoological catalogue of Australia. CSIRO Publishing; Melbourne, Australia. xii + 492 p., 4 color plates. [p. 151]

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.

Obenberger, J. (1930). Buprestidae 2. pp. 213-568. In: Junk, W. and Schenkling, S. (eds.). Coleopterorum Catalogus. Berlin: W. Junk Vol. 111 [430].


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