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Species Lytta mirifica

Lytta (Paralytta) mirifica Werner - Lytta mirifica - male Lytta (Paralytta) mirifica Werner - Lytta mirifica - male Lytta (Paralytta) mirifica Werner - Lytta mirifica - male Lytta (Paralytta) mirifica Werner - Lytta mirifica
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 Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Meloinae
Genus Lytta
No Taxon (Subgenus Paralytta)
No Taxon (Reticulata Group)
Species mirifica (Lytta mirifica)
Other Common Names
Anthony Blister Beetle (TL: Anthony, NM)
Explanation of Names
Lytta (Paralytta) mirifica Werner, 1950
Size
Length 14-21 mm (1)
Identification
Mirifica and arizonica only species of Lytta possessing combination of black head, orange pronotum, and reticulate elytra.
elytra coarsely reticulate, most cells at least .5 mm. in diameter. Rio Grande region near El Paso, Texas (1)

PARATYPE
Range
Doña Ana Co., NM to El Paso Co., TX (1)(BG data)
Habitat
Low-elevation deserts, appears to be restricted to the sand dune areas around El Paso (2)
Season
May-Sept (1)(BG data)
Remarks
known to Selander (1960) only by a series of more than 100 specimens collected at the type locality, Anthony, Doña Ana Co., New Mexico, in 1941 by R. H. Crandall. (1)
Considered by New Mexico to be a "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" (SGCN) (3)
See Also
very similar to its presumed nearest relative, arizonica.
pronotum of arizonica a slightly different color and the elytra less coarsely reticulate. (1)

Lytta arizonica Selander
Print References
Werner, F.G. 1950(1951). Additions to the Nearctic Meloidae (Col.). Psyche 57: 131-136.
Works Cited
1.Bionomics, systematics and phylogeny of Lytta, a genus of blister beetles (Coleoptera: Meloidae).
Selander, R.B. 1960. Illinois Biological Monographs, No. 28, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL.
2.Distributional and biological notes on recently collected North American Meloidae (Coleoptera).
Huether, J.P. and M.K. Huether. 2015. Pan-Pacific Entomologist 91(2): 157-167.
3.New Mexico "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" (SGCN)