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Ataenius platensis (Blanchard) - Ataenius platensis

Ataenius platensis (Blanchard) - Ataenius platensis
south Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
February 10, 2009
Size: ~ 5 mm
Ataenius sp. nr. platensis (Blanchard)
Det. Paul Skelley, 2009

At lights in a small mesic patch under an oak-willow canopy...

opinion of Paul Skelley:
"It is an Ataenius, I think A. platensis. It seems to lack the coarse punctures at the base of the head, has the general pronotal puncture pattern, and has well developed setae along the posterior angle. As stated, the setal character is not a very good. I have not been able to define what it is I see. But, after seeing thousands of specimens, I feel comfortable using it to pick them out. Plus, A. platensis is common at lights across the southern US."

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