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Old Saturday 25th January 2020, 21:55   #1
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Gambian Inverts

Hi All,

I've a few mysteries from Gambia that I would appreciate help with.

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John

Jazzy Beetle

Dung Beetle sp?

Spider that annihilated a Hornet in our bathroom (for which I was profoundly grateful)

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Old Sunday 26th January 2020, 05:42   #2
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The jazzy beetle looks like a type of blister beetle - maybe a Mylabris species?
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Old Sunday 26th January 2020, 07:45   #3
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John,
there's a bloke on Surfbirds, Allen Holmes who posts tons of stuff from Gambia and seems to have contacts to identify a wide range of stuff, maybe he's worth contacting?

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Old Sunday 26th January 2020, 08:43   #4
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Thank you both, that's all very useful. I'll ask Allen. Additional help here still welcomed!

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The beetle looks like a darkling beetle. Possibly Pimelia senegalensis, although I've no idea if there are other, similar species. Good photo here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/coleoptera-us/29388949801
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The beetle looks like a darkling beetle. Possibly Pimelia senegalensis, although I've no idea if there are other, similar species. Good photo here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/coleoptera-us/29388949801
Looks good to me although it's a sizeable genus. Provisionally that then - thank you!

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The spider is probably Holocnemus pluchei, quite common around the Mediterranean inc N Africa and has extended its range to other areas
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The spider is probably Holocnemus pluchei, quite common around the Mediterranean inc N Africa and has extended its range to other areas
Does look good I agree. Thank you!

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