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Octotemnus - male

Octotemnus - Male
s. of College Station, Brazos County, Texas, USA
April 19, 2009
Det. E. G. Riley, 2009

This is an adventive species to North America.

"This thing here in Texas is surely an exotic; it's even a pest if you like polypore. The first examples I came across from Texas are from Travis County (Austin area, central Texas) dated 2003. I have since found it at other places and it is always abnormally abundant and it thoroughly and unnaturally- pulverizes its host fungus. At a "virgin timber" location in the deep forest of eastern Texas, it is now very abundant on every piece of common white polypore I find. 20 years ago, when I last surveyed beetles at this site, this species was not present. (E. G. Riley, pers. comm.)

Moved from Octotemnus.

Moved from Octotemnus laevis.

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