Anoplognathus prasinus

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Anoplognatus prasinus
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Superfamily: Scarabaeoidea
Family: Scarabaeidae
Genus: Anoplognathus
Species: A. prasinus
Binomial name
Anoplognathus prasinus
(Castelnau, 1840)
  • Paranonca prasina Castelnau

Anoplognathus prasinus, commonly known as the green Christmas beetle, is a beetle of the family Scarabaeidae native to eastern Australia.[1]

The green Christmas beetle was described by Francis de Laporte de Castelnau in 1840 as Paranonca prasina. It was transferred to the genus Anoplognathus in 1873 by Lansberge.

The species is apple green overall, with red-yellow translucent edging to its head, clypeofrontal suture and pronotum. The abdomen is a brown-green colour, the coxae and legs are a yellow-green and tarsi red-brown. The adult male is 18–20 mm long while the female is 21–22 mm long.[2]


  1. ^ Australian Biological Resources Study (17 December 2010). "Species Anoplognathus prasinus (Castelnau, 1840)". Australian Faunal Directory. Canberra, Australian Capital Territory: Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Australian Government. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  2. ^ Carne, P.B. (1957). "A revision of the ruteline genus Anoplognathus Leach (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae)". Australian Journal of Zoology. 5 (1): 88–144. doi:10.1071/ZO9570088.