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Species Acanthinus argentinus

Acanthinus argentinus (Pic) - Acanthinus argentinus Ant (-like flower beetle) from my dining room - Acanthinus argentinus Acanthinus argentinus Ant-like Flower Beetle - Acanthinus argentinus Ant? beetle? Something else? - Acanthinus argentinus Still Another Rove - Acanthinus argentinus Ant or Look-Alike Beetle? - Acanthinus argentinus Acanthinus argentinus
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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Anthicidae (Antlike Flower Beetles)
Subfamily Anthicinae
Genus Acanthinus
Species argentinus (Acanthinus argentinus)
Other Common Names
Argentine Anthicid
Explanation of Names
Acanthinus argentinus (Pic 1913)
Size
2.6-3.2 mm(1)
Range
se. US (TX-FL-SC)(2)(1)(Gimmel 2010)
native to S. America (Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina), adventive and spreading in US
Remarks
earliest record in our area: FL 2003 (Gimmel 2010)
Print References
Gimmel M.L. (2010) Acanthinus argentinus (Pic) newly established in the southeastern United States (Coleoptera: Anthicidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 64: 94-95. (Full text)
Werner F.G. (1970) A revision of Acanthinus (Coleoptera: Anthicidae). IX. The leporinus, scitulus, cuyabanus, and myrmecops-groups. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 63: 718–731.
Works Cited
1.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.
2.Tenebrionoidea of South Carolina
Janet C. Ciegler. 2014. Clemson University.