Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
First described in 1850 by Étienne Mulsant
as the genus Cleis
, but the name had already been used, so in 1906 Julius Weise
gave it the replacement name Mulsantina
Explanation of Names
Named after Étienne Mulsant
. When a name has to be replaced, it's often considered polite for the new name to honor the author of the original name- who has lost the honor of bestowing a name.
9 species worldwide, 4 in North America:(1)
Mulsantina cyathigera Gorham 1891
White markings on the underside (venter) are very distinctive for this genus:
Genus widespread - most of North America except Alaska, northern Canada, and peninsular Florida.
M. cyathigera: US Southwest.
M. hudsonica: Central and eastern Canada, south to Great Lakes, New England, and Appalachians to Georgia.
M. picta: Coast to coast in southern Canada and US "lower 48" except Florida.
M. luteodorsa: US Southeast except Florida.
Usually arboreal (in trees)(2)
Chapin, J.B. 1985. Revision of the genus Mulsantina
Weise (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 78(3): 348-368. (3)