Story: Beetles

Flat beetle (1st of 3)

Flat beetle

This species of flat beetle was first recorded from the Three Kings Islands in 1986. It was described in 2001 and named Platisus zelandicus. It may once have lived on the New Zealand mainland and become extinct during the ice ages – surviving only on the warmer Three Kings. Little is known about the beetle’s biology, but it seems likely that the adults and larvae are predators.

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John Marris, 'Beetles - New Zealand’s beetles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2022)

Story by John Marris, published 24 Sep 2007