Onthophagus obliquus

Onthophagus obliquus female
Onthophagus obliquus flipped
14–16 mm
dark brown/greenish pronotum; wing covers light brown with black speckling
small triangular projection on pronotum (males); rounded projection in females
Flight time
dusk and dawn
Yearly Activity
beginning of rainy sea- son

Cooktown, QLD

Similar Species

The projection on the pronotum distinguishes this species from D. gazella, which is similar (although smaller). D. gazella also has an elliptical patch on under-side of mid– and hindlegs.

Presence in Australia


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DBEE project species sightings

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