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Genus Megasoma - Elephant Beetles

Sleeper's Elephant Beetle - Megasoma sleeperi - male Texas Elephant Scarab - Megasoma vogti - male Megasoma vogti female - Megasoma vogti - female Female - Megasoma sleeperi - female Megasoma punctulatum - female Megasoma punctulatum male? - Megasoma punctulatum Female, Megasoma punctulatum? - Megasoma punctulatum - female Megasoma sleeperi - Megasoma - male
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 Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Dynastinae (Rhinoceros Beetles)
Tribe Dynastini
Genus Megasoma (Elephant Beetles)
Explanation of Names
Megasoma Kirby, 1825
three spp. n. of Mex:
Megasoma punctulatum Cartwright, 1952 - Southern AZ
Megasoma sleeperi Hardy, 1972 - Southern CA
Megasoma vogti Cartwright, 1963 - s. TX to ne. Mexico
sw US to South America
Larvae are often sensitive to disturbances.
Print References
Cartwright, O.L. 1963. Two new species of Megasoma from the United States and Mexico (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae). Coleopterists Bulletin 17(1): 25-29.
Internet References
Generic Guide to New World Scarab Beetles - Univ. of Nebraska State Museum - Div. of Entomology