Family Cantharidae (Soldier Beetles)

Subfamily Chauliognathinae
Genus Chauliognathus

Cantharidae-Chauliognathus_lugubris      Cantharidae-larvae 

Subfamily Dysmorphocerinae
For Australia, this subfamily comprises the Heteromastix which are generally much smaller than the commonly seen soldier beetles (Chauliognathus), although they too can be found occurring in large numbers around flowering plants.

Genus Heteromastix

Subfamily Silinae
(Currently empty)

Pending ID – Cantharidae



Lea, A. M. 1909. Revision of the Australian and Tasmanian Malacodermidae. Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 1909; 45-251.

Matthews, E.G. 1985. A guide to the genera of Beetles of South Australia. Part 4 Polyphaga: Byrrhoidea, Buprestoidea, Dryopoidea, Elateroidea, Cantharoidea, Derodontoidea, and Bostrichoidea. Special Educational Bulletin Series, South Australian Museum, Adelaide.

Semmens, T. D., McQuillan, P. B., & Hayhurst G. 1992. Catalogue of the Insects of Tasmania. Department of Primary Industry Tasmania.