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Species Agallissus lepturoides

Agallissus lepturoides (Chevrolat) - Agallissus lepturoides Adorned Texas Palm Bycid - Agallissus lepturoides Adorned Texas Palm Bycid - Agallissus lepturoides Adorned Texas Palm Bycid Exit Hole - Agallissus lepturoides Adorned Texas Palm Bycid - Agallissus lepturoides Adorned Texas Palm Bycid - Agallissus lepturoides Adorned Texas Palm Bycid - Agallissus lepturoides Agallissus lepturoides (Chevrolat) - Agallissus lepturoides
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 Cerambycidae (Long-horned Beetles)
Subfamily Cerambycinae
Tribe Agallissini
Genus Agallissus
Species lepturoides (Agallissus lepturoides)
Other Common Names
Adorned Palm Longhorn
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Agallissus lepturoides (Chevrolat)
Orig. Comb: Aplectrus lepturoides Chevrolat 1844
Explanation of Names
agall - Greek for 'adorn'
lepturoides - Greek for 'slender-form' (1)
Numbers
1 sp. n. of Mex. (2)
Size
Body length is ca. 11.5-17.3 mm (Riley & King, 2009)
Identification
Unmistakable...
Range
Brownsville area of Texas to Mexico (Quintana Roo, Oaxaca, Tamaulipas, Veracruz, and Yucat√°n) to Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. (Riley & King, 2009)
Habitat
Palm forests
Season
Adults active from April-June. (3)
Life Cycle
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...)
Remarks
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)
Print References
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.
Internet References
Texas Entomology - Mike Quinn
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
3.Illustrated Key to the Longhorned Woodboring Beetles of the Eastern United States
Steven W. Lingafelter. 2008. Coleopterists Society.
4.Texas "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" (SGCN) - TPWD, 2012