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Genus Mulsantina

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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 Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Coccinelloidea
No Taxon (Coccinellid group)
Family Coccinellidae (Lady Beetles)
Subfamily Coccinellinae
Genus Mulsantina
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.
Numbers
9 species worldwide, 4 in North America:(1)
Mulsantina cyathigera Gorham 1891
Mulsantina luteodorsa Chapin 1973
Mulsantina picta Randall 1838
Identification
White markings on the underside (venter) are very distinctive for this genus:
Range
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.
Habitat
Usually arboreal (in trees)(2)
Print References
Chapin, J.B. 1985. Revision of the genus Mulsantina Weise (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 78(3): 348-368. (3)
Works Cited
1.The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America North of Mexico
Robert D. Gordon. 1985. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, Vol. 93, No. 1.
2.Ladybugs of Alberta
John Acorn. 2007. University of Alberta Press, 169 pages.
3.Revision of the genus Mulsantina Weise (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae).
Chapin, J.B. 1985. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 78(3): 348-368.