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Genus Osphya

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea
Family Melandryidae (False Darkling Beetles)
Genus Osphya
Explanation of Names
Osphya Illiger 1807
3 spp. in our area(1), ~25 worldwide(2)
key to spp. in Van Dyke (1928) (3)
in NA, O. varians widespread in e. half of the continent, other spp. restricted to CA(1)
our only representative of the subfamily Osphyinae Mulsant 1856 (1839) that contains a total of 35 spp. in 4 genera(2)
Print References
Van Dyke, E.C. 1928. New species of heteromerous Coleoptera. Bulletin of the Brooklyn Entomological Society, 23(5): 251-262.
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.
3.The Beetles of the United States: A Manual for Identification.
Ross H. Arnett, Jr. 1968. The American Entomological Institute, Ann Arbor, MI. xii + 1112 pp.