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Family Brachypsectridae

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea
Family Brachypsectridae
Other Common Names
Texas beetle and allies
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
reviewed in(1)
Explanation of Names
Brachypsectridae LeConte & Horn, 1883
a single genus, with one species in our area;(1)(2)(3) 9 extant spp. total in 2 genera (7 Brachypsectra + 2 Asiopsectra)(Lawrence, Monteith, & Reid, 2020) and 5 extinct (1 Brachypsectra, 1 Cretopsectra, 1 Hongipsectra, + 2 Vetubrachypsectra)(Zhao et al., 2020)
4-8 mm(1)
in our area, w. US (CA to CO-TX); also Mexico, Dominican Rep., S. Asia & Australia(1)
under bark or rocks(4)
Larvae can be locally common; adults uncommon and probably short-lived(4)
Print References
Woodruff R.E. (2004) A new species of the beetle genus Brachypsectra from the Dominican Republic, with fossil connections (Coleoptera: Brachypsectridae). Insecta Mundi 16(4): 161-170 (Full text)
Works Cited
1.Review of the family Brachypsectridae (Coleoptera: Elateroidea)
Costa C., Vanin S.A., Lawrence J.F., Ide S., Branham M.A. 2006. Ann. Ent. Soc. Amer. 99: 409-432.
2.Lawrence J.F., et al. (2000-2005) Elateriformia (Coleoptera): descriptions, illustrations, identification...
3.Order Coleoptera Linnaeus, 1758. In: Zhang Z.-Q. (ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification...
Ślipiński S.A., Leschen R.A.B., Lawrence J.F. 2011. Zootaxa 3148: 203–208.
4.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.