Bornemissza’s Stag Beetle is a large, flightless stag beetle. Males have an average body length of 24 mm and females 18 mm. This species is a sheen black colour. Bornemissza’s Stag Beetle is ground-dwelling to a depth of 22–35 cm. The body is divided into three segments with large elongated, clasping mandibles (jaws) protruding from the head. These jaws are significantly smaller in females.
Bornemissza's Stag Beetle |
Status: Critically Endangered on the EPBC Act list
Government evidence of impact of climate change:
Australian Government, Listing Advice, Hoplogonus bornemisszai
Description of Threats Habitat loss and modification The primary threat to Bornemissza’s stag beetle is any activity that opens the forest canopy or disturbs the soil and litter layer leading to exposure to sunlight and dehydration such as forest practices; land clearing; fire or the impacts of climate change.
High intensity burns as part of forestry operations or wildfire are possible serious threats that have potential to destroy habitat.