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Genus Gnathium

Gnathium minimum (Say) - Gnathium minimum Blister beetle - Gnathium minimum Gnathium? - Gnathium nitidum Gnathium? - Gnathium Gnathium caviceps Nectar loving Meloidae - Gnathium long mouth parts. Tiny beetle - Gnathium Gnathium minimum? - Gnathium
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea
Family Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Nemognathinae
Tribe Nemognathini
Genus Gnathium
Explanation of Names
Gnathium Kirby 1818
15 species, all in our area(1)
among the smallest in the family, at 4-5 mm in average and rarely >7 mm(1)
species very uniform anatomically; reviewed by Pinto (2009)(1), key on p.8;
an incomplete, but still useful treatment of MacSwain (1952)(2)
phoretic larvae have been taken from Andrenidae; adults on Asteraceae(1)
Species not yet in guide:
G. eremicola MacSwain, 1952 [CA]
G. kanei Pinto, 2009 [UT]
G. longicolle (LeConte, 1858) [TX]
G. martini MacSwain, 1952 [TX]
G. murrayorum Pinto, 2009 [TX]
G. nanulum MacSwain, 1952 [TX]
G. obscurum MacSwain, 1952 [CA]
G. politum Dillon, 1952 [AZ - TX, Mex.]
G. texanum Horn, 1870 [cKS - eTX; AZ]
G. vandykei MacSwain, 1952 [CA]
Works Cited
1.A taxonomic review of the genus Gnathium Kirby (Coleoptera: Meloidae)
Pinto J.D. 2009. Trans. Amer. Ent. Soc. 135: 1-58.
2.A Synopsis of the Genus Gnathium with Description of New Species (Coleoptera, Meloidae)
MacSwain, J.W. 1952. Wasmann Journal of Biology 10 (2): 205 - 224.