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Ariotus subtropicus Casey - Ariotus quercicola

Ariotus subtropicus Casey - Ariotus quercicola
Sabal Palm Sanctuary, se. Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas, USA
March 7, 2009
Det. Donald S. Chandler, 2010

spmn in the TAMUIC


Moved from Ariotus.

Ariotus subtropicus
or something close. Ones from Florida that I have seen have a lighter color pattern, but just saw a darker member of this species which is close to the photo here.

Ariotus quercicola (Schwarz, 1878)?
Don, I think that A. subtropicus is devoid of black apical spot on the suture, at least this is what Casey writes in his original description. In his key to Ariotus species, however, A. quercicola is characterized by the presence of such a spot. But I haven't seen the types of either species, or confirmed specimens.

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