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Species Gibbifer californicus

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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)
Superfamily Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark, Fungus and Lady Beetles)
Family Erotylidae (Pleasing Fungus Beetles)
Subfamily Erotylinae (Pleasing Fungus Beetles)
Tribe Erotylini
Genus Gibbifer
Species californicus (Gibbifer californicus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Gibbifer californicus (Lacordaire)
Orig. Comb: Erotylus californicus Lacordaire 1842
Syn: Cypherotylus californicus (Lacordaire)
Numbers
1 sp. n. of Mex. (1)
Size
14-18 mm
Identification
Elongated and oval in shape. Head and thorax black, elyrtra dull yellow or purplish and rough, with black spots.
Range
AZ-NM-KS-WY / Mex.
Habitat
Meadows, fields, woodlands, gardens
Season
May-Oct (BG data)
Food
Adults feed on nectar, pollen, and some fungi. Larvae feed on wood-destroying fungi
Life Cycle
female lays eggs in bark crevices of fallen rotting logs; adults emerge in summer (2)
Remarks
Print References
Branham, M.A. 1993. Scientific Note. A new eastern record for Cypherotylus californicus Lacordaire in the United States (Coleoptera: Erotylidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 47(1): 81-82.
Graves, R.C. 1965. Observations on the ecology, behavior and life cycle of the fungus-feeding beetle, Cypherotylus californicus, with a description of the pupa (Coleoptera: Erotylidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 19(4): 117-122.
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn, 2008
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.National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects and Spiders
Lorus and Margery Milne. 1980. Knopf.