Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
an undescribed species of Octotemnus, with closest relatives in Asia. (G.M. Orledge, pers. comm.)
has mandibular horns (unlike O. laevis)
coastal states: TX-FL-VA (BG data)
"This thing here in Texas is surely an exotic; it's even a pest if you like polypore. The first examples I came across are from Travis Co. (Austin area) dated 2003. I have since found it at other places; it is always abnormally abundant and thoroughly and unnaturally pulverizes its host fungus. At a 'virgin timber' location in the deep forest of eastern Texas, it is now very abundant on every piece of common white polypore I find. 20 years ago, when I last surveyed beetles at this site, this species was not present." (E.G. Riley, pers. comm. to MAQ, 2009)
Lawrence J.F. (1973) Host preference in ciid beetles (Coleoptera: Ciidae) inhabiting the fruiting bodies of Basidiomycetes in North America. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 145: 163-212.