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small ground beetle - Elaphropus anceps

small ground beetle - Elaphropus anceps
Groton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
June 8, 2008
Size: 2mm

Moved from Elaphropus.

Elaphropus anceps
based on my microscopic examination of this specimen. This particular specimen is somewhat atypical in showing a darker forebody as in very similar E. incurvus, but more importantly, it has a slightly sinuate pronotum and longer antennomeres typical of E. anceps. These are subtle features not shown well in this photo. Incidentally, in the same collection event bottle was similar E. granarius but no corresponding photo was submitted for that one. Thanks Tom.

I posted the picture that I think is E. granarius attached to this one. I didn't originally post it, because it's not in good focus.

Second (blurry) image
is the Elaphropus granarius I examined under scope. It has shorter plumper elytra that is more unicolorous and a shinier forehead without microscuplture compared to similar species. Thanks Tom.

That's great
I'm glad I kept the picture even though it was a bit blurry. These tiny beetles that keep moving aren't always easy to get a good picture of.

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