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Species Zopherus gracilis

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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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Zopheridae (Ironclad Beetles)
Subfamily Zopherinae (Ironclad Beetles)
Tribe Zopherini
Genus Zopherus
Species gracilis (Zopherus gracilis)
Explanation of Names
Zopherus gracilis Horn 1867
11.6-21.7 mm(1)
Entirely black; the smoothest sp. of Zopherus, with widely spaced, fine punctures & may have randomly incised, wavy lines. Northern populations, i.e. from Flagstaff & Grand Canyon area, may be more sculptured with slight tubercles, approaching the appearance of Z. uteanus.(1)
sw. NM, AZ (Grand Canyon area to southeastern AZ; abundant in Chiricahua Mountains); Mexico (n. Sonora)(1)
Many taken at night on pines
Internet References
Works Cited
1.A review of the genus Zopherus of the World (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae)
C.A. Triplehorn. 1972. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 108: 1-24.