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A review of the genus Cryptocephalus in America north of Mexico (Chrysomelidae: Coleoptera).
By White, R.E.
USNM Bulletin 290. 124 pp., 1968
Cite: 1462698 with citation markup [cite:1462698]


"A total of 71 species and 33 subspecies are included herein. Three species are newly synonymized, and three species are revalidated. Twelve new species and six new subspecies are described."

"This paper is based almost entirely on the specimens in the U.S. national Museum, a total of over 4,600 individuals; this series includes all but one (pallidicinctus Fall) of the North American species described previous to 1966."

White, R.E. 1968. A review of the genus Cryptocephalus in America north of Mexico (Chrysomelidae: Coleoptera). USNM Bulletin 290. 124 pp.


History--The taxonomic history of the genus Cryptocephalus for North America began in 1787 when Johan Christian Fabricius (1745-1808), a Danish entomologist, described two species:

Cryptocephalus notatus Fabricius 1787
Cryptocephalus venustus Fabricius 1787

in 1798, he described another species that was subsequently renamed because it was a homonym:

[Metachroma atratum Fabricius 1798 (Cryptocephalus) Homo.]

In 1801, Fabricius added one more species:

Cryptocephalus nanus Fabricius 1801

In 1808, Guillaume Antoine Olivier (1756-1814), a French Entomologist, described three species, all presently valid:

Cryptocephalus guttulatus Olivier 1808
Cryptocephalus incertus Olivier 1808
Cryptocephalus trivittatus Olivier 1808

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Above specimens all determined by Edward G. Riley, Associate Curator, Texas A&M University Insect Collection.

Specimens curated at the University of Texas Insect Collection, at Austin.