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Genus Melanotus

Elaterid - Melanotus Profile - Melanotus communis-complex Click Beetle - Melanotus Click Beetle  - Melanotus americanus Click Beetle - Melanotus similis - female Conoderus - Melanotus Conoderus - Melanotus Click Beetle - Melanotus
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 Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Elateridae (Click Beetles)
Subfamily Elaterinae
Tribe Ampedini
Genus Melanotus
Explanation of Names
Melanotus Eschscholtz 1829
Numbers
>50 spp. in our area(1), >250 worldwide(2)
Size
5.2-12.6 mm(3)
Identification
Key to NA spp. in(4)
claws pectinate:
Range
holarctic, Oriental, Afrotropical(2); across NA(5)
Remarks
our only representative of the subtribe Melanotina Cand├Ęze 1859 (1856)(1)
Works Cited
1.Johnson P.J. (2009) Classification of the Nearctic genera of Elateridae
2.Keys to the insects of the Far East of the USSR, Vol. 3. Coleoptera I
Lehr P.A., ed. 1989. Leningrad, Nauka Publishing House, 572 pp.
3.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.
4.Revision of click beetles of genus Melanotus in America north of Mexico (Coleoptera: Elateridae).
Quate, L.W., and S.E. Thompson. 1967. Proceedings of the U.S. National Museum, 121(3568): 1-83.
5.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.