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Species Oxycopis howdeni

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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 Oedemeridae (False Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Oedemerinae
Tribe Asclerini
Genus Oxycopis
Species howdeni (Oxycopis howdeni)
Explanation of Names
Oxycopis howdeni Arnett 1965
patronym for Henry F. Howden (1925-2014)
Identification
The fuscus color of this beetle makes it distinctive (1)
Range
w. to s. TX / Mex. (1)
See Also
They resemble somewhat certain populations of Xanthochroina bicolor (LeConte). The darker central spot on the head is confined in most specimens to the interocular area, only rarely extending over a larger area. The paler prothorax varies considerably from specimen to specimen. In a few the prothorax is as dark as the elytra. (1)
The fuscus color of this beetle makes it distinctive from other members of the genus except for O. mariae (Arnett) to which it is closely similar. It is separated from O. mariae by the distance between the eyes in dorsal view; the eyes are more widely set apart in 0. howdeni and more placed in O. mariae. The antennal segments of 0. howdeni are longer and narrower than those of O. mariae. The general color of 0. howdeni is fuscus, while that of most specimens of O. mariae is a dark chestnut, almost piceus; but some specimens may be fuscus. (1)
Works Cited
1.Species of Oedemeridae of the Big Bend region of Texas
Arnett R.H., Jr. 1965. Proc. U.S. Nat. Mus. 47-56.