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Species Merinus laevis

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Stenochiinae
Tribe Cnodalonini
Genus Merinus
Species laevis (Merinus laevis)
Explanation of Names
Merinus laevis (Olivier 1795)
laevis = 'smooth'
Size
18-26 mm(1)
Identification
Large, elytra smooth, femora wide, club-shaped; epipleura do not reach tip of elytra (unlike inAlobates)(2)
Range
e. NA (QC-FL to ON-*KS-TX)(1)(3)(4)(*BG data)
Habitat
under bark(3)
Remarks
comes to lights
See Also
Alobates have punctate elytral striae
Works Cited
1.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.
2.How to Know the Beetles
Ross H. Arnett, N. M. Downie, H. E. Jaques. 1980. Wm. C. Brown Publishers.
3.The Darkling Beetles of Florida and Eastern United States (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae).
Dunford et al. 2005. University of Florida Entomology and Nematology Dept., Gainesville.
4.An Illustrated Inventory of the Beetles (Coleoptera) of Lick Creek Park, College Station, Texas
Edward G. Riley. 2013. Texas A&M University, Dept. Entomology, College Station.