Typically pronounced either si-LEE-NO-fer-us or silly-NO-fer-us. First case: major accent on bold capitals and minor accent on plain capitals. Second case: only one accent on the plain capitals. In either case, the only long vowel is the second e in Selenophorus. [PWM note]
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
A much needed key to the Nearctic species of Selenophorus
is forthcoming by Messer & Raber. This paper will supplement Bousquet's 2012 catalogue(1)
with several new species, new synonyms, new combinations, and biogeographical extensions.
Explanation of Names
Selenophorus Dejean 1829. Greek: "seleno" (= moon) + "phorus" (= bearing) is a reference to the very shiny appearance of some members of this genus. [PWM note]
Two subgenera (Celiamorphus, Selenophorus
) last reported to include 38 species in the Nearctic and about 190 total species in the Western Hemisphere(1)
Serial punctures in elytral striae 2, 5, 7 are characteristic of these four sister genera in North America: Selenophorus, Amblygnathus, Athrostictus, Discoderus. The genera are distinguished in identification keys by Noonan (1985) and Ball & Bousquet (2001).
Western Hemisphere: New World (southern Canada to Argentina), mostly Neotropical(1)
plus a few Pacific Islands. New range extensions for the Nearctic species of Selenophorus
are continuously updated at the post-2012 Caraboidea Registry. (2)
Ball, G.E., and Y. Bousquet. 2001. Carabidae Latreille, 1810, Chapter 6, pp. 33-132. In Arnett, R.H. and M. C. Thomas (eds.) American Beetles, 1. CRC Press, Boca Raton, London, New York, Washington, D.C.
Horn, G.H. 1880. Critical notes on the species of Selenophorus
of the United States. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, 19(107): 178-183. (3)
Noonan, G.R. 1985. Classification and names of the Selenophori group (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Harpalini) and of nine genera and subgenera placed in incertae sedis within Harpalina. Milwaukee Public Museum Contributions in Biology and Geology No. 64. 92 pp.