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Species Collops nigritus

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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 Cleroidea (Bark-gnawing, Checkered and Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Family Melyridae (Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Subfamily Malachiinae
Tribe Malachiini
Subtribe Apalochrina
Genus Collops
Species nigritus (Collops nigritus)
Explanation of Names
Author: Schaeffer, 1912
Remarks
Based on a comment from Adriean J. Mayor dated December 2009, this species is very similar to Collops punctatus LeConte, 1852 "and probably they are the same species, but punctatus is the senior name. The differences between the two are minor. C. punctatus has a slightly bluish cast to the elytra while C. nigritus is black with no hint of blue. Other characters, shape of male antennae and the genitalia, punctation of the elytra, etc., are pretty much the same in the two. No one has formally synonymized them at this time."
In November 2018, Dr. Mayor commented that C. nigritus "is a common species in AZ and NM following the onset of summer rains. It is a close relative of Collops punctatus."