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Titanolabis colossea

4 Giant Earwig at Berlang, NSW

Titanolabis colossea at Berlang, NSW - 26 Feb 2021
Titanolabis colossea at Berlang, NSW - 26 Feb 2021
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Identification history

Titanolabis colossea 4 Mar 2021 RogerF
Titanolabis colossea 4 Mar 2021 michaelb
Titanolabis colossea 3 Mar 2021 KimPullen

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In old moist log, tall Eucalyptus forest.


RogerF wrote:
   4 Mar 2021
Nice one Kim.
RogerF wrote:
   4 Mar 2021
Only 7 records on ALA and none from the local area.
KimPullen wrote:
   13 Mar 2021
It was an impressive insect, by far the biggest earwig I've ever seen. The pincers looked positively dangerous - presumably useful against predators in its environment such as funnelwebs (although I didn't see any of those).
RogerF wrote:
   16 Mar 2021
There is some dispute over the functioning of the abdominal pincers. Ie for folding wings back under elytra or actual defence or just a threat.

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Rare or uncommon Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 26 Feb 2021 02:38 PM Recorded on
  • KimPullen Recorded by

Additional information

  • 25mm to 50mm Animal size
  • Unknown Gender

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