Range: southeast Africa
Size: 30 - 45 mm
Of the cetoniine scarabs that live in Africa,
splendens is perhaps one of the most striking in color scheme.
The pronotum is a brilliant iridescent green which changes in hue depending
upon the angle from which it is viewed. The elytra are very white
with a bold black stripe near the lower margin of each. The clypeus
of the male is greatly lengthened into a wide, flat structure which somewhat
resembles a duck's bill. The very long legs are of the same iridescent
green as the pronotum. The scutellum (the V-shaped plate between
the pronotum and elytra) is large and triangular. Another species
of the genus, R. bertolonii, looks similar to R. splendens
except that the clypeus of the male has three distinctive points projecting
from the front.