Size: 50 - 70 mm
Range: central equatorial
is a large African member of the scarab subfamily cetoniinae. There
are several distinct varieties within the species: C. polyphemus
polyphemus, C. polyphemus confluens, and C. polyphemus rufino.
The only other member of the genus Chelorrhina is C. savagei
of Zaire, which is rather similar in appearance. Chelorrhina
is an inhabitant of dense tropical forest, and like other members of the
cetoniine scarab group, they can frequently be seen feeding at sap flows
on wounded trees. The larvae reside in the compost which forms inside
decomposing logs. The colouration and patterning of the thoracic
shield or "pronotum" in Chelorrhina is somewhat similar to that
of the related genus Goliathus.
C. polyphemus has been portrayed a number of times on postage
stamps issued by several central African nations.