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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Family Lutrochidae - Travertine Beetles

Travertine beetle - Lutrochus laticeps Travertine beetle - Lutrochus laticeps Travertine beetle - Lutrochus laticeps Lutrochus luteus LeConte - Lutrochus luteus Lutrochus luteus LeConte - Lutrochus luteus Lutrochus arizonicus Lutrochus arizonicus Travertine Beetle - Lutrochus
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 Elateriformia)
Superfamily Byrrhoidea (Pill, Water and Toe-winged Beetles)
Family Lutrochidae (Travertine Beetles)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
used to be treated in the Limnichidae [e.g. in(1)]
Explanation of Names
Lutrochidae Kasap & Crowson 1975
a single genus with 3 spp. in our area, 11 described spp. total (plus several undescribed)(2)(3)
New World from ne. US (PA-MI) to S. America(2)(1)
aquatic; on emerged/submerged substrates in rapids, esp. where travertive is being deposited(2)
algae, waterlogged wood(2)
adults are quick to fly(2)
Works Cited
1.A catalog of Coleoptera of America North of Mexico. Limnichidae
Wooldridge D.P. 1986. USDA Agriculture handbook no. 529-48. x + 8 pp.
2.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.
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.