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small mushroom roves - Phanerota

small mushroom roves - Phanerota
Nashua, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
July 23, 2008
Size: about 2.5 - 3 mm
I missed spotting the pupae of these little roves in the process of checking on some larger pupae in the leaf-mold layer. Fortunately I decided to put the lid on the leftover container before these guys matured. I felt it was safe to do so since the mushroom had rotted away to almost nothing and there was little danger of lethal gas buildup. Last night (Aug. 1) I noticed there were tiny golden rove beetles running around in place of the several dozen larvae of a week earlier. These images are of various individuals from the same clutch.

When I call these beetles golden it is because their golden pronotums and humeri are most noticeable against the dark leaf-mold.

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Moved
Moved from Gyrophaena.

Phanerota
I would argue that these are actually Phanerota (Gyrophaenina) rather than Gyro*phaena, as told by their huge eyes. Gyro*phaena has much smaller eyes, whereas the eyes of Phanerota take up the whole side of the head! This is either P. fasciata or P. carinata, which Seevers (1951) claims to be more or less indistinguishable unless you can see the little carinae on the outer apical angles of the male elytra in the latter.

 
Thanks, MJ.
With my NEXT camera setup maybe I'd be capable of bringing those little carinae into focus.

Moved
Moved from Aleocharinae.

i can only move it one step further --
to Aleocharinae [which is a nightmare], and humbly suggest Gyrophaena

 
Thank you, Belov.
It does have strong affinity with some of those already posted for that genus. I'll move it there.

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