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Genus Tropicus

Tropicus pusillus Tropicus sp. - Tropicus pusillus Tropicus pusillus (Say) - Tropicus pusillus Tropicus pusillus (Say) - Tropicus pusillus Heteroceridae - Tropicus pusillus Beetle - Tropicus pusillus Very small Heterocerid? - Tropicus pusillus beetle - Tropicus pusillus
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 Elateriformia)
Superfamily Byrrhoidea (Pill, Water and Toe-winged Beetles)
Family Heteroceridae (Variegated Mud-loving Beetles)
Genus Tropicus
Explanation of Names
Tropicus Pacheco 1964
4 spp. in our area(1)(2)(3)
Color pattern simple, among other characters(1)
T. pusillus (Say) e. Canada to Panama
T. minutus (Fall) TX(1);
T. niger Skalický MS(2)
T. nigrellus King & Lago NC-FL-MS(3)
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.New species of Heteroceridae from the New World (Coleoptera: Heteroceridae)
Skalický, S. 2007. Koleopterologische Rundschau 77:171-178.
3.The variegated mud-loving beetles (Heteroceridae) of Mississippi and Alabama, with discussion and keys to se US spp.
King and Lago. 2012. Insecta Mundi 0275: 1-53.