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Hairy Fungus Beetle - Mycetophagus

Hairy Fungus Beetle - Mycetophagus
Mason Farm Biological Reserve, Orange County, North Carolina, USA
September 29, 2007
Size: 4mm
Collected under bark by Martin Hauser.
Part of a Bioblitz at Mason Farm Biological Reserve.

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i'm pretty sure this is the old common M. pluripunctatus --
...or something in that subgenus at the very least; no member of the nominate subgenus has such an elongate habitus, with pronotum widest this close to the mid-length [those s.str. are stocky kind]

Moved from Mycetophagus serrulatus.

Moved from Mycetophagus pluripunctatus. Thanks for the correction, Don!

Mycetophagus serrulatae
would be my id.The antennal club is indistinct/more clavate, while in M. plurip*unctatus the antennal club is distinct and formed by the apical 5 antennomeres. The color patterns are somewhat similar, with serrulatae not quite so light - with a greater amount of dark markings.

Moved from Mycetophagus.

what do you think of . . .
this species?
My greetings to Martin, whom I know from his German times!

Hi Boris
still could not find your email... Just email me (Phycus(at)
Have not heard from you in a long time....
Love your SE-Asian beetle page!

Mycetophagus pluripunctatus LeConte, 1856
Yes, that sure looks good--excellent find. The notation on the Harvard record says:
Southern States; Gulf States; Va., N.C., S.C., easternTenn.?, Ga., Ala., Miss., Fla., Ark?, La
None of the other types imaged at Harvard look close, of course it is a large genus.

Mycetophagus pluripunctatus is also listed as collected by Brimley, p. 182 (1) from Raleigh (December) and Retreat (June).

Excellent--I'm satisfied enough to move it to a guide.

Mycetophagus sp.
a Mycetophagid. The head and pronotum are a bit deflexed/out-of-focus, or I might have hazarded a guess.

Thanks very much
Thank you. It looks different from any Mycetophagus we have at the moment, but there are plenty of them.
If I have a shot showing the head better, I will add it.

Slightly better focus
I don't know if this helps--this show had better focus on the pronotum, at least:

Thanks again for your help.

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