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Elaterid 02 - Diplostethus carolinensis

Elaterid 02 - Diplostethus carolinensis
Manasota Key, Charlotte County, Florida, USA
May 22, 2006
Size: 18 mm / 13 mm elytra
Largish dark elaterid that is an almost dark blue color under the right light. Pronotum is coarsely punctate and in places rugose.

Something near Elater?

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Elaterid 02 - Diplostethus carolinensis Elaterid 02 - Diplostethus carolinensis Elaterid 02 - Diplostethus carolinensis

Moved
Moved from Brown Wireworm.

Moved
Moved from Click Beetles.

Interesting...
I'll have to stew on this one some more, but if in Elaterini, I would guess a Mulsanteus, but M. carolinensis is the only FL species and they are not this color, usually. From these pics I cannot really rule out other odd-ball possibilities (like a large Ampedus, for example).
Will have to ponder/dig some more...

 
M. carolinensis looks good enough to me
consistent with what we've got under Mulsanteus, at the very least

 
Mulsanteus, for now
would be hesitant to move to species-level right now, without seeing specimen. Especially from FL, where the potential for undescribed endemics or West Indian intriductions occur. The color, especially the way described, seems odd to me.

 
Mulsanteus, for now
would be hesitant to move to species-level right now, without seeing specimen. Especially from FL, where the potential for undescribed endemics occur. The color, especially the way described, seems odd to me.

 
Mulasanteus
I looked at the key again and at the images on BG, and this is definitely Mulsanteus. I have several other ones from OK and TX that are this genus as well. My number of unidentified elaters is growing smaller. Thanks guys.

This specimen noticeably differs from the TX and OK specimens in the degree of pronotal punctures and sculpture. The color may just be an artifact of the lighting, I'm not sure. I'll have to send these to you sometime Blaine.

 
sounds good
Roache (1961) did a key to the Elaterini but I do not have it yet. There are other Mulsanteus in the midwest and southwest and not sure the overlap of the ranges (for your TX and OK specimens). Would be fun to look into in the future!

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