Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Heterosternuta diversicornis (Sharp)
Orig. Comb: Hydroporus diversicornis Sharp 1882
Apr-June in c. TX (BG data)
comes to lights (BG data)
Specimens of H. phoebeae are of similar size to larger members of Heterosternuta such as H. diversicornis (Sharp), H. wickami (Zaitzev), and H. oppositus (Say).
Specimens of H. phoebeae are easily distinguished from specimens of H. diversicornis because the former do not possess ventral pubescence between the metacoxal lines.
Ventral coloration of specimens of H. phoebeae is yellow to brown, while that of H. wickami is almost uniformly black.
Unfortunately, ventral coloration of specimens of H. oppositus varies from almost black to orange thus specimens are best distinguished from those of H. phoebeae by male genitalic characters. (Wolfe & Harp 2003)
Alarie, Y. & K. Fritz. 1998. Description of the larval stages of Heterosternuta diversicornis (Sharp) (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae: Hydroporinae). Entomologica Scandinavica 29: 39-46.
Sharp, D. 1880-1882. On aquatic carnivorous Coleoptera or Dytiscidae. Sci. Trans. Royal Dublin Soc. 2(new series), part 2: 179-1003.
Wolfe, G.W. 2000. Key to species of Heterosternuta of Canada and United States. Pp. 230–232. In: D.J. Larson, Y. Alarie, & R.E. Roughley, (editors). Predaceous Diving Beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) of the Nearctic Region, with emphasis on the fauna of Canada and Alaska. NRC Research Press, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 982 pp.
Wolfe, G.W. & G.L. Harp. 2003. A new species of predaceous diving beetle, Heterosternuta phoebeae
(Coleoptera: Dytiscidae), from the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas. Coleopterists Bulletin, 57(2): 117-121. Abstract