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Odontolabis femoralis

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Taxonomy

The taxonomic status is pending for approval

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Description

Odontolabis femoralis is a type of stag beetle in which the males are quite similar to O. castelnaudi in term of shape and size. The difference is that the anterior of the beetles' head is flattened forming an oblong-shaped frontal with a rectangular head. Another characteristic of the males is that the underside of the body has dull orange-brown, squarish markings on the metasternum which are not found in O. castelnaudi. In term of size, it can grow up to about 94 mm in length.  Males have many types of size, shape and length of the mandibles. However, there is no record of variations in the female sex yet. The head and the pronotum are black and densely covered with fine granulations. They have smooth and yellow elytra. Elytra of the female is yellow with a V-shaped black portion and it has very small mandibles. Both male and female from this species can be found in Peninsular Malaysia, Thailand and Borneo (Tung, 1983). 

The subspecies of this beetle, which is the O. f. waterstradti is measured around 94 mm. http://www.coleoptera-atlas.com/lucanidae-scarabaeoidea/chalcodinae/odontolabini/odontolabis/Odontolabis-femoralis-waterstradti

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References

Article
  1. Noramly, B.M., Liew, T.S., Maklarin, B.L., Dunsul, S., Lapidin, J. & Butit, B. (2008). Embelia coriacea - food plant for Odontolabis femoralis and Odontolabis leuthneri. Sepilok Bulletin. 9, 57-61. http://www.forest.sabah.gov.my/docs/frc/Sepilok%20Bulletin%20Vol.%209.pdf
Book
  1. Ek-Amnuay, P. (2008). Beetles of Thailand, Volume 1. Siam Insect-Zoo & Museum, Thailand. pp. 1-494.
  2. Tung, V.W.Y. (1983). Common Malaysian Beetles. Longman Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia. pp. 1-142.

Acknowledgements :- Mrs. Aziemah Binti Kinan, Ms. Ilmie Syafiqah Binti Mohd Termizi, Mr. Mohd Hanafy Bin Gausmian, Ms. Nurfadzilah Bt Azmi, Ms. Nurfarhana Hizan Binti Hijas, Mr. Tan Kok Kiat & Mr. Yasser Mohamed Arifin

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Species Citation :- Odontolabis femoralis. Malaysia Biodiversity Information System (MyBIS). Accessed via https://www.mybis.gov.my/sp/52314. [Retrieved 28 September 2022].

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