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Satanas Beetle
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Information
Range Bolivia
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Coleoptera
Family Scarabaeidae
Genus Dynastes
Species D. satanas

The Satanas beetle, (Dynastes satanas), is a species of beetle, described from Bolivian specimens by the entomologist Julius Moser in 1909.

Distribution and Habitat[]

Satanas beetle is found only in moist forest areas in Bolivia at between 900 and 2000 metres. Find out more.

Biology[]

Satanas beetles take 2 years to mature. Find out more about their lifecycle and what the larvae like to eat.

Behaviour[]

Their most dramatic feature is a large “horn” arising from the pronotum, the underside of which is thickly covered in thick yellow-gold hairs. Another horn arises from the head, and males use these horns in combat over females.

Conservation Status[]

Satanas beetle has recently been listed as an endangered species and is protected in its home country Bolivia. Find out what threatens this formidable beetle.

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