Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Agallissus lepturoides (Chevrolat)
Orig. Comb: Aplectrus lepturoides Chevrolat 1844
Explanation of Names
agall - Greek for 'adorn'
- Greek for 'slender-form' (1)
Body length is ca. 11.5-17.3 mm (Riley & King, 2009)
Brownsville area of Texas to Mexico (Quintana Roo, Oaxaca, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, and Yucatán) to Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. (Riley & King, 2009)
Adults active from April-June. (3)
Larvae host in the petioles of Sabal mexicana (Pers. obs., MAQ) (Searching palm petioles *much* more effective for finding spmns than using malaise traps, Lindgren funnels, flight intercept traps, black lights or sugar bait traps...)
LeConte (1873) was the first to report this species from Texas (with no further data). (Riley & King, 2009)
Hovore et al. (1987) reported: "This exotic [looking] species has been listed from Texas several times, but we have been unable to locate or collect any U.S. material."
Lingafelter (2007) reported: "No larval hosts have been reported in the literature." (3)
The only TX record between LeConte's (1873) and the photos posted here was a single spmn coll. in 1998. (Riley & King, 2009)
Texas Parks and Wildlife considers this sp. a SGCN (4)
Hovore, F.T., R.L. Penrose & R.W. Neck. 1987. The Cerambycidae, or longhorned beetles, of southern Texas: a faunal survey (Coleoptera). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 44(13): 283-334, 20 figs.
LeConte, J.L. 1873. Classification of the Coleoptera of North America. Prepared for the Smithsonian Institution. Part II. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections 11(265): 279-348.
Riley, E.G. & J.E. King. 2009. Element record datasheets submitted to Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Wildlife Division, Austin.