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Genus Zopherus

Zopherus nodulosus haldemani Horn - Zopherus nodulosus Iron clad beetle - Zopherus Ironclad Beetle - Zopherus gracilis Zopherus sp? - Zopherus concolor Image 2452 - Zopherus nodulosus Zopherus championi  - Zopherus championi Zopherus nodulosus haldemani  - Zopherus nodulosus Coleoptera - Zopherus concolor? - Zopherus nodulosus
Classification
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)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Zopheridae (Ironclad Beetles)
Subfamily Zopherinae (Ironclad Beetles)
Tribe Zopherini
Genus Zopherus
Explanation of Names
Zopherus Gray 1832
Greek 'dusky, gloomy'
Numbers
10 spp. in our area, 19 total(1)
Size
up to 40+ mm
Identification
Long, subcylindrical, with extremely tough exoskeleton. Head normally retracted into prothorax, viewed from above. Elytra fused.
Range
sw. US (so. border states + NV, UT, CO) to Venezuela(1)(2)
Internet References
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.A review of the genus Zopherus of the World (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae)
C.A. Triplehorn. 1972. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 108: 1-24.
3.Lord N.P., Nearns E.H., Miller K.B. (2011-2013) Ironclad ID