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Genus Attalus

tiny orange and black beetle - Attalus serraticornis Attalus scincetus Melyrid on Mariposa Lily - Attalus Attalus sp.? - Attalus terminalis Attalus cinctus Attalus cinctus Attalus rufiventris Horn - Attalus rufiventris Attalus
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 Cleroidea (Bark-gnawing, Checkered and Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Family Melyridae (Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Subfamily Malachiinae
Tribe Malachiini
Subtribe Attalina
Genus Attalus
Explanation of Names
Attalus Erichson 1840
Numbers
54 spp. in our area, 125 in NA, hundreds worldwide(1)
Identification
The expanded second segment of the front tarsi is characteristic of all male Attalus. (A. Mayor's comment)
Range
widespread, most diverse in sw. US(1)
Remarks
Numerous undescribed spp. in the deserts of the sw. US and Mexico(1)
Internet References
Keys and descriptions from the 1951 work "Studies in Malichiidae, III" by M. Y. Marshall.
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.