Simson's Stag Beetle  |  

Hoplogonus simsoni

Status: Vulnerable on the EPBC Act list

Hoplogonus simsoni, Family Lucanidae, also known as Simson’s stag beetle, is a flightless, black, ground-dwelling beetle, with distinctive elytral (forewing) spines. Males have elongate mandibles or jaws. The species is the largest Tasmanian endemic stag beetle, growing to 24 mm. Males and females are superficially similar, but the mandibles are much longer and straighter in males, and the body of the female is broader and shorter.

Government evidence of impact of climate change:

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  • Australian Government, Listing Advice, Hoplogonus simsoni

    Wildfire is also a likely threat (TSS 2006).