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Lucanus formosanus

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Lucanus formosanus


Lucanus formosanus is a stag beetle in the family Lucanidae.

Appearance[]

Lucanus Formosanus grows to a length of 45–80 millimetres (1.8–3.1 in). Formosanus has slightly massive mandibles comparing with the rest of Lucanus. There is a strange Y shaped horn in the middle, used probably for pushing things or battling. The main and only color of this stag is black. The carapace coating on the head has irregular and sharp edges making it a difficult prey for most larger predators. The legs are heavily adorned with sharp and large spikes from femur to the tibia. L. formosanus has enormous sissor-like mandibles that subdivide into 2 large spikes and several smaller ones, The consistent burnished appearance of this beetle is a result of the iridescent coating it's exoskeleton.

Behavior[]

These, like the other stag beetles, fight with their mandibles to find a mate or fight other potential Rival mates and any organism that intrudes among their territory, The males especially are vastly territorial and are over-protective for the right to mate.

Distribution[]

Lucanus Formosanus is primarily native to Taiwan, China with 12 known occurrences.

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