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Genus Colopterus

Sap-feeding Beetle - Colopterus truncatus Colopterus niger (Say) - Colopterus niger small flower beetle - Colopterus truncatus small flower beetle - Colopterus truncatus Colopterus maculattus - Colopterus maculatus Colopterus truncatus? - Colopterus truncatus Colopterus truncatus Colopterus semitectus
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 Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark and Fungus Beetles)
No Taxon (Nitidulid series)
Family Nitidulidae (Sap-feeding Beetles)
Subfamily Cillaeinae
Genus Colopterus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Colastus Erichson 1843, Cyllopodes Murray 1864
Explanation of Names
Colopterus Erichson 1842
11 spp. in our area, many in the Neotropics(1)(2)(3)
Adult photos of 5 species at(4)
worldwide and over much of our area(1)(2)(3)(5):
C. truncatus much of NA
C. semitectus e. NA
C. maculatus & C. unicolor e. US
C. niger (=morio) se. US (DC-IL-FL-LA)
C. gerhardi IL (a single specimen known)
4 spp. (C. floridanus, C. convergens, C. infimus, and the adventive C. posticus) restricted to FL
C. testaceus sw. US
Often found at tree wounds
Works Cited
1.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.
2.A revision of Neartic Nitidulidae (Coleoptera)
Parsons C.T. 1943. Bull. comp. Zool. 92: 121-278.
3.Checklist of the Coleoptera of Oklahoma
4.Price M.B., Cira T. (2008) Kateretidae & Nitidulidae of Wisconsin
5.A new species of Colopterus from Florida (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae)
R.H. Parry and H.F. Howden. 1975. The Coleopterists Bulletin 29(4) pp. 275-279 .