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Species Cucochodaeus sparsus

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
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea
Family Ochodaeidae (Sand-loving Scarab Beetles)
Genus Cucochodaeus
Species sparsus (Cucochodaeus sparsus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ochodaeus sparsus LeConte 1868
Ochodaeus opacus LeConte 1868, Ochodaeus mandibularis Linell
Explanation of Names
Cucochodaeus sparsus (LeConte)
4.5-8.5 mm(1)
differs from other New World ochodaeids in having nine antennomeres, an unmodified propygidium, stridulatory peg absent, head declivous behind the eyes, and the anterior margin of the pronotum produced behind the eyes (not simply concave)(2)
sw US (CA-TX-NE-UT) / nw. Mex - Map (2)(3)(4)(1)
Works Cited
1.The Scarabaeoid Beetles of Nebraska
Brett C. Ratcliffe & M.J. Paulsen. 2008. University of Nebraska State Museum, Vol 22, 570 pp.
2.Nomenclatural changes in the Nearctic Ochodaeinae and description of two new genera (Coleoptera: Scarabaeoidea: Ochodaeidae)
Paulsen M.J. 2007. Insecta Mundi 0021: 1-13.
3.Generic Guide to New World Scarab Beetles (by Brett Ratcliffe and Mary Liz Jameson)
4.An annotated checklist of the Scarabaeoidea of Texas.
Edward G. Riley & Charles S. Wolfe. 2003. Southwestern Entomologist, Supplement. 37 pp.