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Species Talanus mecoscelis

Talanus mecoscelis Triplehorn - Talanus mecoscelis Talanus mecoscelis Triplehorn - Talanus mecoscelis
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea
Family Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Stenochiinae
Tribe Talanini
Genus Talanus
Species mecoscelis (Talanus mecoscelis)
Explanation of Names
Talanus mecoscelis Triplehorn 1968
meco (G). 'long; length' (1)
Numbers
4 spp. n. of Mex. (2)
Size
7.4-9.2 mm (Triplehorn 1968)
Range
southmost TX (Brownsville area) - Map (3)(4)
Habitat
"Talanus langurinus (LeConte) has been collected in southern Florida and the Brownsville area by beating tangles of vines (E. G. Riley, pers. obser.). Thus, it appears that Talanus will fall into that group of Tenebrionidae that are associated with woody plant communities rather than soil-bound groups." (3)
Season
Number of compiled Texas collecting events by month:
April (1), May (4), June(2), August (1), October (1). (3),(BG data)
Remarks
Type series coll. at Brownsville, Texas in 1934, 1937, and 1939 by D. J. and J. N. Knull. (Triplehorn 1968)
Texas considers this a SGCN (5)
See Also
Only one other species of Talanus in southern Texas is T. langurinus (LeConte). (3)

Det. E. G. Riley, 2011
Print References
Riley, E.G. & J.E. King. 2009. Element record datasheets submitted to Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Wildlife Division, Austin. (3)
Triplehorn, C.A. 1968. A synopsis of the genus Talanus Jacquelin du Val in America north of Mexico, with descriptions of two new species. The Coleopterists Bulletin 22: 33-39. (JSTOR)