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Genus Malthodes

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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 Cantharidae (Soldier Beetles)
Subfamily Malthininae
Tribe Malthodini
Genus Malthodes
Explanation of Names
Malthodes Kiesenwetter 1852
the most speciose cantharid genus, with ~130 spp. in our area, hundreds worldwide(1)
1‒4 mm
Tiny cantharids with shortened elytra
Species of small size and weak structure, having short elytra which leave the inner wings partly exposed and folded along the dorsal surface of the abdomen; head not narrowed into a neck and mandibles not toothed.(2)
Species identification requires examining the exposed copulatory male terminalia; identification of females is virtually impossible
Terminalia "varying from a comparatively simple arrangement with the last dorsal segments simple and the seventh ventral elongate, with or without an apical notch; to a complex and intricate pattern that in some species approaches the grotesque. No other North American group of beetles, known to the author, offers such a wealth of interesting features as do these tiny creatures."(3)
New World, Eurasia, Africa; widespread in NA but most spp. in the west(1)
Uncommonly collected, but some spp. locally abundant(1)
Internet References
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.An illustrated descriptive catalogue of the Coleoptera or beetles (exclusive of the Rhynchophora) known to occur in Indiana.
Blatchley, W. S. 1910. Indianapolis,Nature Pub. Co.
3.The Malthini of North America (Coleoptera: Cantharidae)
Fender K.M. 1951. American Midland Naturalist 46: 513–629.
4.Majka C.G. Atlantic Canada Coleoptera