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Species Griburius montezuma

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Classification
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 Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Cryptocephalinae (Case-bearing Leaf Beetles)
Tribe Cryptocephalini
Subtribe Pachybrachina
Genus Griburius
Species montezuma (Griburius montezuma)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Griburius montezuma (Sufrian)
Orig. Comb: Scolochrus montezuma Suffrian, 1852
Explanation of Names
Specific epithet commemorates Montezuma.
Montezuma (c. 1466 or c.1480–1520) was the 9th ruler of Tenochtitlan, reigning from 1502 to 1520. It was during Moctezuma's reign that the Spanish Conquest began.
Numbers
5 spp. n. of Mex. (1)
Identification
dets. E.G. Riley:

There exists a color form of this species where the ivory-white elytral markings are absent or nearly so, being reduced to a very narrow strip along the lower anterior portion of the elytral margin. From above, the elytra of these specimens appear to be entirely black. This dark form also has the pronotum almost entirely red, whereas the normal form has a large part of the anterior pronotal disc black and the extreme anterior edge creamy white.
The dark form is found in the eastern-most part of the species' range (from eastern Texas to Missouri and Florida). This color form and its eastern occurrence, neither formerly recorded in the literature, have resulted in the previous misidentification of this species. (2)
Range
AZ-FL-MD-UT / Mex. (1), but mostly AZ & TX per BG data - Map (GBIF)
Eastern/dark form: TX-FL-MD-MO.
Western/pale form: AZ-TX-KS-UT / Mex.
Season
End of March to late August (2)
Life Cycle
Reared from larva taken in pack rat (Neotoma) nest. (2)
Print References
Riley, E.G., S.M. Clark, and A.J. Gilbert. 2001. New records, nomenclatural changes, and taxonomic notes for select North American leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). Insecta Mundi, 15(1): 1-17. (2)
Works Cited
1.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
2.New records, nomenclatural changes, and taxonomic notes for select North American leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)
Riley, E.G., S.M. Clark, and A.J. Gilbert. 2001. Insecta Mundi 176: 1-17.