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Genus Cybister

Diving Beetle - Cybister fimbriolatus diving beetle - Cybister fimbriolatus Cybister fimbriolatus - female Diving beetle - Cybister fimbriolatus Texas - Cybister fimbriolatus? - Cybister fimbriolatus 1011C28 - Cybister fimbriolatus - male Cybister fimbriolatus? - Cybister fimbriolatus Beetle? - Cybister fimbriolatus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Adephaga (Ground and Water Beetles)
Family Dytiscidae (Predaceous Diving Beetles)
Tribe Cybistrinae
Genus Cybister
Explanation of Names
Cybister Curtis 1827
Greek cybister 'diver'
3 spp. in our area(1), ~80 total(2)
our spp.: adults 26-34 mm, larvae up to ~80 mm
key to spp. in Miller (2013)(1)
Hind legs broad. Metatarsal claws unequal, inner one smaller, sometimes absent. Metatarsi have fringe on outer margin, lacking in Dytiscus. Larvae with a frontal tooth on the head, and no cerci.
by far most diverse in the Old World tropics(2); in our area, mainly so. US (only C. fimbriolatus reaches Canada); the range of this genus is considered complementary to that of Dytiscus, the latter being more common and diverse in norther latitudes(3)
in our area:
C. fimbriolatus se. Canada to FL & so.CA;
C. explanatus OR-CA-NV,
C. occidentalis extreme so.FL(1)
In the deeper, more open portions of ponds/lakes; readily come to lights
adults consumed as food in parts of Asia, Africa(4)(5)
Print References
Works Cited
1.Review of the genus Cybister Curtis, 1827 (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae: Dytiscinae: Cybistrini) in North America
Miller K.B. 2013. Col. Bull. 67: 401-410.
2.Keys to the insects of the Far East of the USSR, Vol. 3. Coleoptera I
Lehr P.A., ed. 1989. Leningrad, Nauka Publishing House, 572 pp.
3.Predaceous Diving Beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) of the Nearctic Region, with emphasis on the fauna of Canada and Alaska
D.J. Larson, Y. Alarie, and R.E. Roughley. 2001. NRC 43253.
4.The Water Beetles of Florida
Epler J.H. 2010. Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Tallahassee. 414 pp.
5.DeFoliart G.R. (2002) The human use of insects as a food resource: a bibliographic account in progress
6.Water Beetles of South Carolina
Janet Ciegler. 2003. Clemson University.