Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
, 1821. Synonyms:
Aclinidia Casey, 1915
Halotosia Casey, 1915
Diapatalia Casey, 1915
Dichromina Casey, 1915
Graphalia Casey, 1915
Homochromina Casey, 1915
Isocoryna Casey, 1915
Mononidia Casey, 1915
Ochrosidia Casey, 1915
Plagiosalia Casey, 1915
Spilosota Casey, 1915
Stigmalia Casey, 1915
Aspidolites Höhne, 1922
Aspidolella Prell, 1936
Albridarollia Bolivar y Pieltain, Jiminez-Asua and Martínez 1963
Paraclinidia Martínez, 1965
Explanation of Names
From prefix cyclo meaning circular (from Greek kyklos circle, wheel) plus cephala head (Latin from Greek kephalikos, head)--Internet searches. Common name refers to the darkened area between the eyes - "mask"
Nearctica lists 21 species
Similar in general habitus
to many June bugs/May Beetles (Phyllophaga
), but note these characters:
(typically) pale yellow color
front legs of males with a noticeably enlarged final tarsomere
(5) and enlarged inner tarsal claw
See photos showing details of tarsi and clypeus:
Print references that are useful for identifying species include: (1)(2)
New world - many tropical.
Larvae are root feeders - many species are agricultural pests.
Adults are nocturnal, attracted to lights.
Saylor, L.W. 1945. Synoptic revision of the United States scarab beetles of the subfamily Dynastinae, No. 1: Tribe Cyclocephalini. Journal of the Washington Academy of Sciences, 35(12): 378-386.
Gordon & Anderson (key to FL species)(3)