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Clicker - Ampedus varipilis

Clicker - Ampedus varipilis
Enumclaw, King County, Washington, USA
May 5, 2013
Size: ~ 8mm
Taken from Lindgren funnel trap.. Neat coloration on upper elyra, help appreciated.

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Moved tent.
Keys well in Hatch and matches original description by Van Dyke (1932) well.

Moved from Ampedus.

Looks like cordifer or apicatus; what color is the pronotal setae? However, it's a bit small (if 8mm) for either of those (both usually at least 10mm).

Moved from Click Beetles.

Pronotal setae..
Most all is dark, black in color. I also double checked the length and the 8mm is just about right on.

It looked black to me on the enlarged image but that feature can be difficult to interpret from images. I will run it through the keys again in Hatch (1971) and Van Dyke (1932) tonight or the weekend and see.

Members of the cordifer-group are often separated by differences in the color (amount of black and/or orange, and how far they run up or down the elytra...). I am not sure how reliable this really is. I wonder if some names will become synonymous if the revision ever gets finished.

Thank you..
for your help....

I wonder if a bunch of semicryptic spp will be added instead :]

I hope not...LOL
luckily clicker ppl tend to be clumpers rather than splitters. if we applied the same criteria as the carabid and scarab people do...look out! LOL

dealing with saproxylic beetles, the lumping attitude appears to be more appropriate; still, some places (like lush temperate hardwood forests) may well be Ampedus hot spots; understanding what is really going on takes an open mind.
there are examples where splitting has yielded a much clearer picture.

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