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Genus Cucochodaeus

common ochodaeid - Cucochodaeus sparsus - male common ochodaeid - Cucochodaeus sparsus - male Cucochodaeus sparsus (LeConte) - Cucochodaeus sparsus Cucochodaeus sparsus (LeConte) - Cucochodaeus sparsus Ochodaeidae? - Cucochodaeus sparsus Cucochodaeus sparsus (LeConte) - Cucochodaeus sparsus Cucochodaeus sparsus (LeConte) - Cucochodaeus sparsus
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)
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea (Scarab, Stag and Bess Beetles)
Family Ochodaeidae (Sand-loving Scarab Beetles)
Genus Cucochodaeus
Pronunciation
cu-co-CODE-ee-us
Explanation of Names
cuc-, shortened from Latin cucullus 'hood' + Ochodaeus; refers to the hoodlike pronotum that reaches the eyes and projects more strongly above the head than in other Nearctic genera
Numbers
Monotypic genus(1)
Size
4.5-8.5 mm (M.J. Paulsen, pers. comm.)
Identification
antennae 9-segmented, head with frontal tubercle or horn, outside edge of mandibles angulate (not evenly rounded)(1)
Range
c. & sw. US (NE-TX to CA); nw. Mexico(1)
Habitat
Sandy areas; nocturnal, attracted to light
Life Cycle
Larvae unknown