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Genus Alaus

Eyed Click Beetle - Alaus zunianus Blind Click Beetle - Alaus myops eye elater - Alaus oculatus Some sort of beetle? - Alaus oculatus Beetle - Alaus oculatus Alaus myops  - Alaus myops Eyed Click Beetle - Alaus oculatus Alaus
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 Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Elateridae (Click Beetles)
Subfamily Agrypninae
Tribe Hemirhipini
Genus Alaus
Explanation of Names
Alaus Eschscholtz 1829
from Greek alaos (αλαος) 'blind'
6 spp. in our area(1), dozens worldwide
25-45 mm
Large, usually with prominent eyespots on pronotum (spp. compared here)
larvae of eastern spp. described in(2)
see also(3)
A. oculatus e. NA (QC-FL to SD-TX)(4)
A. myops se. US (southern pine forests)
A. melanops w. NA (overlaps with A. oculatus in SD)
A. lusciosus AZ-TX-KS(5)
A. zunianus AZ
The West Indian A. patricius has been recorded from the Florida Keys(4)
deciduous and coniferous forests; larvae in decaying hardwood or pine wood, esp. in decaying roots
Larvae feed on larvae and pupae of various insects, esp. beetles
Internet References
Fact sheet (Woodruff 1999-2004)(6)
Works Cited
1.Johnson P.J. (-2013) Elateridae of Canada and the Continental United States
2.Larvae of Alaus myops, A. oculatus, Chalcolepidius porcatus, Hemirhipus apicalis and generic larval characterization...
S.A. Casari. 2002. Iheringia, Sér. Zool. 92(2): 93-110.
3.Systematics and phylogenetic analysis of Alaus Eschscholtz, 1829 (Coleoptera, Elateridae)
S.A. Casari. 1996. Revta bras. Ent. 40(2): 249-298.
4. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.
5.Checklist of the Elateridae of Mexico.
Johnson, P.J. 2010. 2010. South Dakota State University, Brookings.
6.University of Florida: Featured Creatures