|Tetratoma fungorum/Triplax aenea|
Although ostensibly similar to the beginner in size shape and colour, certainly in the field, these two species
are easily separated by several obvious characters.
Both species have a well defined antennal club. In Triplax aenea three segmented, in Tetratoma fungorum four segmented.
In Triplax the puncturation is arranged in well defined striae, in Tetratoma the puncturation is completely random without any obvious striae.
In our experience, admittedly based on local specimens only, the elytra of Triplax is bright blue, whereas in Tetratoma the elytra appear almost black but with a definite dark blue metallic reflection but not the bright blue of Triplax.
|Triplax aenea||Tetratoma fungorum|