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Species Laccophilus maculosus - Dingy Diver

dytiscid - Laccophilus maculosus Laccophilus maculosus? - Laccophilus maculosus Laccophilus maculosus Small Diving beetle - Laccophilus maculosus Small Diving beetle - Laccophilus maculosus 9019477 Laccophilus - Laccophilus maculosus Dingy Diver - Laccophilus maculosus dytiscid - Laccophilus maculosus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Adephaga (Ground and Water Beetles)
Family Dytiscidae (Predaceous Diving Beetles)
Subfamily Laccophilinae
Genus Laccophilus
Species maculosus (Dingy Diver)
Explanation of Names
Laccophilus maculosus Say 1823
Numbers
3 sspp. recognized(1)
Size
4.6-6.4 mm(1)
Identification
Relatively large compared to other members of the genus; overall brownish in colour with elytra irrorate (freckled); the density of freckling varied, with the greatest around pale spots located along lateral, basal, and sutural margins.
Range
transcontinental, so. Canada to n Mexico(1),(2)
L. m. maculosus east of the Great Plains
L. m. decipiens Great Plains and west
L. m. shermani AZ-TX / Mexico
The ranges of L.m. decipiens and L.m. maculosus overlap and intergradation occurs
Habitat
Permanent ponds and pools(1)
Works Cited
1.Predaceous Diving Beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) of the Nearctic Region, with emphasis on the fauna of Canada and Alaska
D.J. Larson, Y. Alarie, and R.E. Roughley. 2001. NRC 43253.
2.Checklist of the Water Beetles of Florida.
Epler, J.H. 2010. Self-published on the Web.