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undescribed sp. adventitious to North America

One of Richard's mandibular-horned minute fungus beetles - Octotemnus - male Octotemnus sp. - Octotemnus - male Coleoptera - Octotemnus - male Octotemnus - male More Octotemnus - Octotemnus - male - female Coleoptera - Octotemnus - male Coleoptera - Octotemnus - male Ciidae - Octotemnus - male
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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Ciidae (Minute Tree-fungus Beetles)
Subfamily Ciinae
Tribe Orophiini
Genus Octotemnus
No Taxon undescribed sp. adventitious to North America
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
an undescribed species of Octotemnus, with closest relatives in Asia. (G.M. Orledge, pers. comm.)
has mandibular horns (unlike O. laevis)
coastal states: TX-FL-VA (BG data)
Polypore fungus
"This thing here in Texas is surely an exotic; it's even a pest if you like polypore. The first examples I came across are from Travis Co. (Austin area) dated 2003. I have since found it at other places; it is always abnormally abundant and 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. to MAQ, 2009)
Print References
Lawrence J.F. (1973) Host preference in ciid beetles (Coleoptera: Ciidae) inhabiting the fruiting bodies of Basidiomycetes in North America. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 145: 163-212.