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Photo#139470
Sand-loving Scarab? - Parochodaeus pectoralis

Sand-loving Scarab? - Parochodaeus pectoralis
Organ Mts. foothills, Doña Ana County, New Mexico, USA
August 6, 2006
Size: about 6.8 mm
Going through my small, unphotographed scarabs from last year's collecting/photography trip to southern New Mexico I find I have several apparent species of bristly, prognathous scaraboids. This one and several like it were way larger than my prior posting identified as Ochode*idae. I don't see the all-important metatibial spines (is the metatibia on the hind leg, which stems from the metathorax?), so perhaps Phillip will inform me this is something else.

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Moved

another sp,!
looks somewhat similar to this one. The character you need to look for is the long spur of the mesotibia (middle leg) is serrate or pectinate. See the info page.

 
So it's meso not meta.
In American Beetles they called it the METAtibia, causing me to wonder if they meant meso for middle or used meta for metathorasic.

I'll be posting three or more other species when I get time and have duplicates of several for you if you'd like them.

 
Look forward to seeing the others and
extras are always welcome!

Wow!
Just noticed the Organ Mountains are in New Hampshire! While the hot day may remind me of New Mexico, the scenery does not (nor the beetles).

 
Ah, well,
the beetles are in New Hampshire at the moment but I don't want to skew the bugguide data. State name changed.

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