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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 Octotemnus - male - female Octotemnus spp. - Octotemnus Coleoptera - Octotemnus - male Ciidae - Octotemnus - male Ciidae found burrowing in Trametes versicolor - Octotemnus - male Ciidae found burrowing in Trametes versicolor - Octotemnus - male
Classification
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.)
Identification
has mandibular horns (unlike O. laevis)
Range
coastal states: TX-FL-VA (BG data)
Food
Polypore fungus
Remarks
"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.