Harlequin beetle

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(Zool.) a very large South American beetle (Acrocinus longimanus) having very long legs and antennæ. The elytra are curiously marked with red, black, and gray.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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For example, the harlequin beetle riding pseudoscorpion, Cordylochernes scorpioides (Linnaeus 1758), ranging from Costa Rica to southern Brazil, was described by Beier (1948) as a single species, based on morphological examination of hundreds of specimens from several countries in South and Central America.
Scientists are also concerned about the swift advance of the harlequin beetle across England which poses a risk to native wildlife.
The phoretic differentials reported here demonstrate that in both populations males engage in intense, size-based competition to monopolize harlequin beetle mating territories.
For example, in the harlequin beetle, Acrocinus longimanus, coefficients of variation in male sexually dimorphic traits of the foreleg vary between 25% and 30%.
Sexual selection and sexual dimorphism in the harlequin beetle Acrocinus longimanus.
Finally, we compared the two populations for the intensity of size-based male competition to monopolize harlequin beetles as mating territories, an important component of dispersal-generated sexual selection (see Zeh and Zeh 1992a).
scorpioides inhabit decaying trees for several generations before dispersing by climbing under the elytra of giant harlequin beetles (Acrocinus longimanus) as beetle adults eclose from the tree (Zeh et al.