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Genus Pleuropasta

Pleurospasta mirabilis - Pleuropasta mirabilis Blister Beetle - Pleuropasta reticulata Pleuropasta mirabilis Pleuropasta mirabilis Pleuropasta mirabilis Pleuropasta reticulata Van Dyke - Pleuropasta reticulata Beetle - Pleuropasta mirabilis Beetle? - Pleuropasta reticulata
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 Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Meloinae
Tribe Eupomphini
Genus Pleuropasta
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
=Pleurospasta (misspelling)
Explanation of Names
Pleuropasta Wellman 1909 (Type species: Calospasta mirabilis Horn 1870)
2 spp., both in our area(1)
6-13 mm(1)
elytra dull yellow with dark transverse post-median & subapical markings and 4 costae each (distinct at least basally)
P. mirabilis: costae distinct to apex, connected by few transverse ribs which are weaker than the longitudinal costae themselves; frons and base of clypeus distinctly convex; basal margin of clypeus arched; male antennomere III slightly excavated basally
P. reticulata: costae anastomosing at postmedial fascia, transverse ribs there as strong as longitudinal costae; frons and base of clypeus not distinctly convex; basal margin of clypeus feebly arcuate; male antennomere III without basal excavation(1)
sw. US to C. Mexico(2)
Works Cited
1.A taxonomic review of Cysteodemus, Phodaga, and Pleuropasta with a new generic synonymy
Pinto J.D. 1984. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 86: 127-143.
2.The New World genera of Meloidae (Coleoptera): a key and synopsis
Pinto J.D., Bologna M.A. 1999. J. Nat. Hist. 33: 569-620.