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Anelaphus villosus (Fabricius) - Anelaphus pumilus

Anelaphus villosus (Fabricius) - Anelaphus pumilus
s. of College Station, Brazos County, Texas, USA
April 19, 2009
Det. E. G. Riley 2009

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Moved from Anelaphus.

yep....Durward Skiles.....
yep....Durward Skiles.....

Probably one of dad's discoveries.

Anelaphus sp.
I'd say it's either A. belkini Skiles or A. davisi Skiles

Sticking with A. villosus ...
That can't be A. belkini or any other Anelaphus from west Texas, because, if it is, then that means that all of these similar Anelaphus in east Texas can not be separated.

The Anelaphus described by Skiles from west Texas are merely western populations of villosus, parallelus, etc., in my opinion. And the Anelaphus are in much the same way, an impossible genus to separate like the Aneflomorpha. Absolutely too much individual variation to pin down a species name. Taxonomists who have seen just a few dozen specimens should not be describing species based on a limited sample from a small locality. I have seen many Anelaphus from one side of Texas to the other, and it is an impossible task to put species names on everything.

Feel free to put my comments on bug guide.

Dan Heffern
Houston, TX

I agree...
...with Dan's opinion in general. However, the non-emarginate elytral apices, more rounded pronotal sides, and distinct discal callosities on the pronotum give me confidence that this individual represents Anelaphus pumilus.

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