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Species Chelyoxenus xerobatis - Gopher Tortoise Hister Beetle

Histerid - Chelyoxenus xerobatis Histerid - Chelyoxenus xerobatis Histerid - Chelyoxenus xerobatis from gopher tortoise burrow - Chelyoxenus xerobatis
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 Staphyliniformia)
Superfamily Hydrophiloidea (Water Scavenger and Clown Beetles)
Family Histeridae (Clown Beetles)
Subfamily Saprininae
Genus Chelyoxenus
Species xerobatis (Gopher Tortoise Hister Beetle)
Other Common Names
Gopher Tortoise Hister Beetle (1)
Explanation of Names
Chelyoxenus xerobatis Hubbard 1894
se. US (SC-FL)(2)
burrows of the gopher tortoise(2)
considered by FL to be a declining "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" (SGCN) (1)
Works Cited
1.Florida "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" (SGCN)
2.American Beetles, Volume I: Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia
Arnett, R.H., Jr., and M. C. Thomas. (eds.). 2000. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.