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Genus Pocadius

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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 Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark and Fungus Beetles)
No Taxon (Nitidulid series)
Family Nitidulidae (Sap-feeding Beetles)
Subfamily Nitidulinae
Tribe Nitidulini
Genus Pocadius
not closely related to either Thalycra & allies or the Aethina complex of genera(1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Global revision in(2)
Explanation of Names
Pocadius Erichson 1843
4 spp. in our area; 46 spp. total (26 Neotropical, 9 Oriental, 3 Palearctic, 3 Afrotropical, 1 Australian)(2)
worldwide (almost 60% of known spp. are Neotropical); in our area(2):
1 eastern sp. (e. NA to central Mexico): P. helvolus
1 w. NA: P. fulvipennis
2 sw. US: P. basalis, P. niger
the 'Pocadius genus complex' as defined in(3) is found to be polyphyletic(1)
Works Cited
1.Molecular phylogeny of Nitidulidae: assessment of subfamilial and tribal classification...
Cline A.R., Smith T.R., Miller K., Moulton M., Whiting M., Audisio P. 2014. Systematic Entomology 39: 758–772.
2.Revision of Pocadius Erichson (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae)
Cline A.R. 2005. Louisiana State University.
3.A current generic classification of sap beetles (Coleoptera, Nitidulidae)
Kirejtshuk A.G. 2008. Zoosystematica Rossica 17: 107-122.