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Species Nicagus obscurus

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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)
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea (Scarab, Stag and Bess Beetles)
Family Lucanidae (Stag Beetles)
Subfamily Aesalinae
Genus Nicagus
Species obscurus (Nicagus obscurus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Nicagus obscurus (LeConte, 1848)
Ochodaeus obscurus LeConte, 1848: 86. (orig. comb.)
One of two species of Nicagus found in North America.
Eastern half of the U.S. (1); Minnesota, southern Quebec, south to Missouri, Kentucky, Carolinas, Georgia (Guide to New World Scarabs (2))
found along the sandy shores of lakes and streams
late spring and early summer
Specimens are usually collected in flight, on sand, or under debris (driftwood). Females are generally larger and darker in color.
Print References
Katovich, K. and N.L. Kriska. 2002. Description of the larva of Nicagus obscurus (LeConte) (Coleoptera: Lucanidae: Nicaginae), with comments on its position in Lucanidae and notes on the larval and adult habitat. Coleopterists Bulletin 56(2): 253-258.
Paulsen, M.J. & A.D. Smith. 2005. A new species of stag beetle from sand dunes in west Texas, and a synopsis of the genus Nicagus (Coleoptera: Lucanidae: Aesalinae: Nicagini). Zootaxa 1050: 45–60. Abstract
Internet References
Generic Guide to New World Scarab Beetles--Nicagus obscurus - University of Nebraska State Museum - Division of Entomology (2) (link updated 3/25/18)
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.Generic Guide to New World Scarab Beetles (by Brett Ratcliffe and Mary Liz Jameson)