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Subgenus Parazonitis

Zonitis/Nemognatha - Zonitis vittigera Another Nemognatha-like beetle - Zonitis vittigera Zonita vittigera propinqua - Zonitis vittigera Brown and Orange Beetle - Zonitis vittigera Bright yellow Meloidae sp.  on Gumweed (Grindelia)  - Zonitis sayi N piazata? - Zonitis vittigera Zonitis vittigera Zonitis punctipennis from southeast Arizona - Zonitis punctipennis
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea
Family Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Nemognathinae
Tribe Nemognathini
Genus Zonitis
No Taxon Subgenus Parazonitis
Explanation of Names
Parazonitis Enns 1956
7 spp. in our area(1)
5-18 mm(1)
Zonitis dunniana and Z. sayi are separated primarily by mandible shape and length of the maxillary galeal tube, with Z. dunniana having the shorter of the two. (J.D. Pinto, pers. comm. to MAQ, 2015)
in our area, w. & c. US, with 2 spp. (Z. cribricollis & Z. vittigera) ranging into e. US(1)
not yet in the guide : Z. tarasca (Dug├Ęs 1888) (AZ-Panama)(2)
Works Cited
1. A revision of the genera Nemognatha, Zonitis, and Pseudozonitis (Coleoptera, Meloidae) in America north of Mexico, with....
Enns, W.R. 1956. University of Kansas Scientific Bulletin 37(17): 685-909.
2.Two new species of Zonitis F. (Coleoptera: Meloidae) from southwestern North America...
Pinto J.D. 2001. Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 103: 319-324.