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Genus Zopherus

Ironclad Beetle  - Zopherus concolor - Zopherus concolor Zopherus nodulosus haldemani Horn - Zopherus nodulosus Tenebrionid - Zopherus uteanus iron-clad-beetle - Zopherus championi Zopherus nodulosus haldemani  - Zopherus nodulosus Coleoptera - Zopherus concolor? - Zopherus nodulosus Zopherus gracilis? - Zopherus gracilis Zopherus nodulosus haldemani - Zopherus nodulosus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea
Family Zopheridae (Ironclad Beetles)
Subfamily Zopherinae (Ironclad Beetles)
Tribe Zopherini
Genus Zopherus
Explanation of Names
Zopherus Gray 1832
Greek 'dusky, gloomy'
10 spp. in our area, 19 total(1)
up to 40+ mm
Long, subcylindrical, with extremely tough exoskeleton. Head normally retracted into prothorax, viewed from above. Elytra fused.
sw.US (so. border states + NV‒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)
Triplehorn C.A. 1972. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 108: 1‒24.
3.Lord N.P., Nearns E.H., Miller K.B. (2011-2013) Ironclad ID