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Species Cryptocephalus mucoreus

Cryptocephalus mucoreus LeConte - Cryptocephalus mucoreus Cryptocephalus mucoreus J. L. LeConte  - Cryptocephalus mucoreus Cryptocephalus mucoreus LeConte - Cryptocephalus mucoreus
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 Cryptocephalinae (Case-bearing Leaf Beetles)
Tribe Cryptocephalini
Subtribe Cryptocephalina
Genus Cryptocephalus
No Taxon (Basalis group)
Species mucoreus (Cryptocephalus mucoreus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Author: J. L. LeConte 1859
Explanation of Names
mucoreus
muco is Latin for mold, moldy (1)
Size
4.2 to 5.5 mm (2)
Identification
Pronotum: With fine, silvery pubescence; black throughout; punctation dual, larger punctures moderate, dense.
Elytra: With fine, silvery pubescence. (2)
Range
TX-KY-KS (3)
The 52 specimens in the USNM are from Texas, Kansas, Missouri, and Kentucky. (2)
Food
Collected abundantly on smooth sumac - Rhus glabra (Anacardiaceae) - (4)
Also on skunkbush sumac - Rhus trilobata in central Texas (MQ: pers. obs.)
See Also
Cryptocephalus basalis Suffrian

Numerous authors have presented Cryptocephalus mucoreus as a synonym of basalis. Wilcox (January 1953, p. 51) cited it as a valid species distinct from basalis and presented the characters which serve to distinguish the two. White (1968) agreed with Wilcox's analysis that the two species distinct and valid. (2)
Print References
LeConte, J.L. 1859. The Coleoptera of Kansas and eastern New Mexico. Smithson. Contrib. Knowl 2(6): 1–58.
Wilcox, J.A. 1953. New species of Galerucinae and Alticinae with notes on other species (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae). The Ohio. Journal of Science 53(1): 51-58. Full PDF
Internet References
TYPE - MCZ, Harvard
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.A Review of the Genus Cryptocephalus in America North of Mexico (Chrysomelidae: Coleoptera).
Richard E. White. 1968. USNM Bulletin 290. 124 pp.
3.Catalog of Leaf Beetles of America North of Mexico
Ed Riley, Shawn Clark, and Terry Seeno. 2003. Coleopterists Society.
4.Host plants of leaf beetle species occurring in the United States and Canada
Clark et al. 2004. Coleopterists Society, Special Publication no. 2, 476 pp.