STEAM Register Staff
A new species of scarab beetle has been discovered in Cambodia. The beetle, named Termitotrox venus, is named after Venus – the Roman goddess of beauty and love.
The beetle was found by Japanese scientists from Kyushu University hiding in fungus garden cells of a termite species during their research in Cambodia.
According to a statement by Pensoft Publishers, the species belongs to the Termitotrox genus and is only the second representative of its kind to have been found in the Indo-Chinese subregion after the discovery of T. cupido in 2012. The close relation between the two is the reason why it was named after Venus, often illustrated next to her male divine counterpart, Cupid.
Compared to T. cupido, the T. venus beetles are larger. According to the scientists, this is due to their different hosts.
The discovery has been documented in the open-access journal ZooKeys.
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