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Species Melanotus communis-complex - Melanotus communis Complex

Melanotus communis-complex Profile - Melanotus communis-complex Click Beetle - Melanotus communis-complex 13.5 mm click beetle with wings half-spread - Melanotus communis-complex Melanotus communis-complex click beetle - Melanotus communis-complex Beetle - Melanotus communis-complex False Click Beetle? - Melanotus communis-complex
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Elateridae (Click Beetles)
Subfamily Elaterinae
Tribe Ampedini
Genus Melanotus
Species communis-complex (Melanotus communis Complex)
Range
Most species in this complex are variably distributed in eastern North America.
Habitat
Species in this complex are readily attracted to lights and collected in Lindgren funnel traps. Adults may be collected under bark and in rotting pine and hardwoods.
Remarks
On BugGuide, this page is a dumping ground for a series of species that cannot be reliably identified to the species-level without examination of male genitalia (1)

The species include:
Melanotus communis (Gyllenhal, 1817)
Melanotus similis (Kirby, 1837)
Melanotus indistinctus Quate, 1967
Melanotus dietrichi Quate, 1967
Melanotus miscellus Quate, 1967
Melanotus verberans (LeConte, 1853)
Melanotus emissus (LeConte, 1853)

The following species are similar but can often be ruled-out by various external characters:
Melanotus decumanus (Erichson, 1842)
Melanotus castanipes (Paykull, 1800)
Melanotus spadix (Erichson, 1842)
Works Cited
1.Revision of click beetles of genus Melanotus in America north of Mexico (Coleoptera: Elateridae).
Quate, L.W., and S.E. Thompson. 1967. Proceedings of the U.S. National Museum, 121(3568): 1-83.