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Genus Metoponium

Brown Teneb - Metoponium ₩ tarsi - Metoponium teneb - Metoponium Metoponium Protibia - Metoponium Tenebs under Eucalyptus camaldulensis bark - Metoponium Metoponium Metoponium
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 Pimeliinae
Tribe Edrotini
Genus Metoponium
Explanation of Names
Metoponium Casey 1907
Numbers
2 subgenera, with 43 spp. in our area and a few more in n Mexico(1)
Identification
slightly concave epistomal lobe (front edge of head) differentiates Metoponium from some similar genera e.g. Telabis.

abrupt dorsal expansion at the distal end of the protibia (a character shared by some genera in this tribe).
Range
sw US & adjacent Mexico(1)
Works Cited
1.Catalogue of Tenebrionidae (Coleoptera) of North America
Yves Bousquet, Donald B. Thomas, Patrice Bouchard, Aaron D. Smith, Rolf L. Aalbu, M. Andrew Johnston, Warren E. Steiner Jr. 2018. ZooKeys 728: 1-455.