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There are several similar species in the genus Dynastes, but only the Hercules beetle, Dynastes hercules is of a similar size (reaching 18 cm). D. hercules has:
  • lighter coloured wing cases with black spotting
  • differently shaped horns
  • is usually found at lower elevations than D. neptunus
The most closely related species is probably Dynastes satanas which is smaller than the Neptune beetle and is endemic to a restricted area of the Yungas in the Andes of Bolivia. List of Dynastes species (after Móron, 2009):Dynastes tityus - Eastern United StatesDynastes granti - Southwestern United StatesDynastes hyllus - Mexico and GuatemalaDynastes maya - Mexico, Guatemala and HondurasDynastes moroni - MexicoDynastes hercules - Southern Mexico to Bolivia, eastern Brazil and the lesser AntillesDynastes neptunus - Andes of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and PeruDynastes satanas - Yungas of Bolivia

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