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Genus Eleodes - Desert Stink Beetles

Darkling Beetle - Eleodes California Coastal Dune Beetle - Eleodes Eleodes - Eleodes hispilabris Tenebrionidae? - Eleodes Desert Stink Beetle - Eleodes armatus Beetle IMG_6539 - Eleodes grandicollis Tailed Beetle - Eleodes longipilosus Tenebrionidae sp. - Eleodes
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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Tenebrioninae
Tribe Amphidorini
Genus Eleodes (Desert Stink Beetles)
Other Common Names
Circus Beetles
Explanation of Names
Eleodes Eschscholtz 1829
Greek for 'olive-like' (1)
Numbers
New World's largest tenebrionid genus, with >200 described spp. (most in our area), arranged into 14 subgenera (all but one in our area)(2)(3) (>300, according to workers who are revising the group. =v=)
subgenus not yet in the guide: Caverneleodes [see Aalbu et al. 2012]
Size
~10-50 mm(4)
Identification
Divided into subgenera based primarily on female genitalia(5)
review of the 31 TX spp. in Triplehorn et al. (2009) (1)
key to larvae in Smith et al. (2014) (4)
Range
c. & w. US(5)
Remarks
larvae of E. extricatus, E. hispilabris, E. obsoletus, E. opacus, E. suturalis are considered agricultural pests; they feed on seeds, roots, and subterreanean stems(4)
Works Cited
1.The genus Eleodes Eschscholtz (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) in Texas.
Triplehorn et al. 2009. The Coleopterists Bulletin 63(4): 413-437.
2.Smith A.D. tenebrioniDBase
3.New species of Eleodes (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae)
Triplehorn C.A. 2007. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 109: 628-642.
4.Larvae of the genus Eleodes (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae): matrix-based descriptions, cladistic analysis, and key to late instars
Smith A.D., Dornburg R., Wheeler Q.D. 2014. ZooKeys 415: 217–268.
5.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.