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Genus Eleodes - Desert Stink Beetles

King of the Dunes - Eleodes acutus Ironclad? - Eleodes Eleodes nigropilosa? - Eleodes Great Basin Beetle - Eleodes obscurus Eleodes aalbui Black darkling beetle? - Eleodes Eleodes - Eleodes grandicollis darkling beetle Eleodes? - Eleodes
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 Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Tenebrioninae
Tribe Amphidorini
Genus Eleodes (Desert Stink Beetles)
Other Common Names
Circus Beetles
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
recent changes in(1)
Explanation of Names
Eleodes Eschscholtz 1829
New World's largest tenebrionid genus, with >200 described spp. (most in our area), arranged into 14 subgenera (all but one in our area)(2)(3) (>300, according to workers who are revising the group. =v=)
subgenus not yet in the guide: Caverneleodes [see Aalbu et al. 2012]
~10-50 mm(4)
Divided into subgenera based primarily on female genitalia(5)
keys to AZ spp. in(6)
review of the TX spp. in(7)
key to larvae in(4)
c. & w. US(5)
larvae of E. extricatus, E. hispilabris, E. obsoletus, E. opacus, E. suturalis are considered agricultural pests; they feed on seeds, roots, and subterreanean stems(4)
Works Cited
1.Redefinition of the Eleodes Eschscholtz subgenera Tricheleodes Blaisdell and Pseudeleodes Blaisdell...
Johnston M.A. 2016. Ann. Zool. 66: 665-679.
2.Smith A.D. tenebrioniDBase
3.New species of Eleodes (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae)
Triplehorn C.A. 2007. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 109: 628-642.
4.Larvae of the genus Eleodes (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae): matrix-based descriptions, cladistic analysis, and key to late instars
Smith A.D., Dornburg R., Wheeler Q.D. 2014. ZooKeys 415: 217–268.
5.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.
6.Amphidorini LeConte (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) of Arizona: keys and species accounts
Johnston M.A., Fleming D., Franz N.M., Smith A.D. 2015. Col. Bull. 69(mo4): 27-54.
7.The genus Eleodes Eschscholtz (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) in Texas.
Triplehorn et al. 2009. The Coleopterists Bulletin 63(4): 413-437.