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Family Pythidae - Dead Log Beetles

another Dead Log Beetle species - Pytho seidlitzi another Dead Log Beetle species - Pytho seidlitzi another Dead Log Beetle species - Pytho seidlitzi Pytho seidlitzi Tenebrionid Beetle? - Sphalma quadricollis Ground Beetle? - Priognathus monilicornis Pytho niger - Pytho seidlitzi Pytho americanus - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea
Family Pythidae (Dead Log Beetles)
Explanation of Names
Pythidae Solier 1834
7 spp. in 4 genera in our area(1), 23 spp. in 7 genera total(2)
6-22 mm(1)
mostly northern temperate, plus one genus in Australia and one Neotropical(3); in our area, 2 genera widespread/transcontinental (Pytho in the north, reaches the treeline), Sphalma quadricollis west of the Rockies, and Trimitomerus riversii restricted to so.AZ(1)
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.Order Coleoptera Linnaeus, 1758. In: Zhang Z.-Q. (ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification...
Ślipiński S.A., Leschen R.A.B., Lawrence J.F. 2011. Zootaxa 3148: 203–208.
3.Coleoptera, Beetles; Morphology and Systematics vol. 2
Richard A.B. Leschen, Rolf G. Beutel and John F. Lawrence. 2010. De Gruyter.