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Species Pentispa distincta

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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 Cassidinae (Tortoise Beetles and the Hispines)
Tribe Chalepini
Genus Pentispa
Species distincta (Pentispa distincta)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Pentispa distincta (Baly)
Orig. Comb: Uroplata distincta Baly 1886
Numbers
4 spp. n. of Mex. (1)(2)
Size
length is ca. 4.5 to 5.2 mm (3)
Range
southmost TX (Cameron Co.) to C. Amer. - Map (3)(4)
Season
Number of compiled Texas collecting events by month:
March (3), April (1), May (4), October (9). (3)
Food
Adults coll'ed from Tamaulipa azurea [=Eupatorium azureum] (Asteraceae) in southern Texas. Leaf-mining hispine larvae, presumably belonging to this sp., were found asso. w/ the adults (5)
Remarks
Texas considers this to be a "Species of Greatest Conservation Need" (SGCN) (7)
Print References
Baly, J.S. 1885. Biologia Centrali-Americana, Insecta, Coleoptera, Hispidae, vol. 6, pt. 2, London. pp. 73-124, pl 4.
Riley, E.G. & J.E. King. 2009. Element record datasheets submitted to Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Wildlife Division, Austin. (3)