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Family Trogossitidae

Tenebroides cf. americanus - Tenebroides Temnoscheila acuta LeConte - Temnoscheila acuta Trogossitidae - Tenebroides sonorensis Trogossitid - Tenebroides laticollis - female Trogossitid - Tenebroides laticollis - male Long, dark green beetle - Temnoscheila Temnoscheila chlorodia? - Temnoscheila chlorodia Calitys from Florissant CO - Calitys
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Cleroidea
Family Trogossitidae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
split (again!) per (1); the genera of our fauna formerly treated under Peltinae have been reassigned as follows:
former Lophocaterini (Eronyxa · Grynocharis · Lophocateres · Lycoptis) →to Lophocateridae; Peltis →to Peltidae; Thymalus →to Thymalidae
Explanation of Names
Trogossitidae Latreille 1802
47 spp. in 7 genera of 2 subfamilies in our area, ~330 spp. in 28 genera of 4 subfamilies total(2)(1)
Genera of our fauna:
5-22 mm (exotic spp. up to 50 mm)(3)
keys in(4)
mostly cylindrical or slightly flattened subcortical beetles
worldwide and throughout NA(2); nearly half of the described spp. are in S. America(5)
Forests; under bark or on bracket fungi; a few spp. in stored products
Many are predatory on other beetles and their larvae
Their antennae detect odors that guide them to the best hunting grounds.(6)
See Also
some lookalikes from other superfamilies:
Works Cited
1.Comprehensive phylogeny of the Cleroidea (Coleoptera: Cucujiformia)
Gimmel M.L., Bocakova M., Gunter N.L., Leschen R.A.B. 2019. Sys. Entomol. 44: 527-558.
2.Synopsis of the described Coleoptera of the world
3.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.
4.A revision of the Trogossitidae of America north of Mexico (Coleoptera: Cleroidea)
J.R. Barron. 1971. Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada, 75: 1-143.
5.Coleoptera, Beetles; Morphology and Systematics vol. 2
Richard A.B. Leschen, Rolf G. Beutel and John F. Lawrence. 2010. De Gruyter.
6.Hidden Company that Trees Keep: Life from Treetops to Root Tips
James B. Nardi. 2023. Princeton University Press.