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A relatively large lucanid beetle of the genus Lucanus, the male has long, curved upper jaws, resembling a sickle. The larvae are found in the trunks of old trees, feeding on the inner wood. It is dark reddish brown in color with smooth, shiny elytra the femora are orange-brown. Males have much larger jaws than females. Jaws of males are not as large as those of Lucanus elaphus. The smaller L. placidus has two or more teeth on its jaws and has dark femora. It is 22–35 mm long. The species was originally described by Linnaeus as Scarabaeus capreolus in 1763. (orig. comb.). Other known synonyms are:

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Animalia: Arthropoda: Coleoptera: Insecta: Lucanidae: Lucanus capreolus

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