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For the United States & Canada

Species Eurypogon niger

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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 Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Artematopodidae (Soft-bodied Plant Beetles)
Genus Eurypogon
Species niger (Eurypogon niger)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Eurypogon niger (Melsheimer)
Orig. Comb: Ochina niger Melsheimer 1846
3.5-4.5 mm(1)
large punctation is diagnostic for E. niger. E. harrisii seems to be less common than E. niger. (2)
e NA (QC-GA to ON-WI*-OK*)(3)(1)(4)(*BG data)
late spring & summer(1)
Life Cycle
larvae in moss mats, adults on vegetation; comes to lights(1)(4)
See Also
Characters used by Brown (1944) to differentiate E. harrisii and E. niger were essentially reversed by Downie and Arnett (1996)(5)(2)
Works Cited
1.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.
2.New state records and ID of N. Amer. Eurypogon Motschulsky (Coleoptera: Artematopodidae), w/ lectotype designation for E. niger.
Hinson, K.R. and R.J. Buss. 2015. The Coleopterists Bulletin 69(4): 768-772.
3.Checklist of beetles (Coleoptera) of Canada and Alaska. Second edition
Bousquet Y., Bouchard P., Davies A.E., Sikes D.S. 2013. ZooKeys 360: 1–402.
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.
5.The Beetles of Northeastern North America, Vol. 1 and 2.
Downie, N.M., and R.H. Arnett. 1996. The Sandhill Crane Press, Gainesville, FL.