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Genus Malthinus

Malthinus occipitalis atripennis - Malthinus occipitalis Soldier Beetle - Malthinus occipitalis Malthinus occipitalis LeConte - Malthinus occipitalis beetle - Malthinus difficilis Mating soldier beetles - Malthinus occipitalis - male - female Malthinus occipitalis atripennis LeConte - Malthinus occipitalis malthinus - Malthinus occipitalis Malthinus - Malthinus difficilis
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea
Family Cantharidae (Soldier Beetles)
Subfamily Malthininae
Tribe Malthinini
Genus Malthinus
Explanation of Names
Malthinus Latreille 1806
Greek 'soft, pliant'
Numbers
3 spp. in our area(1), ~300 worldwide(2)
Identification
Key to spp. in Wittmer (1980)(2)
Range
by far most diverse in Eurasia; in our area, e. NA to TX(1)
Habitat
on foliage in moist or boggy situations, usually in close proximity to water(1)
Remarks
Small and secretive, habits poorly understood(1)
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.Remarks on a few species of Malthinus Latreille (Coleoptera: Cantharidae: Malthini) from the United States
Wittmer W. 1980. Col. Bull. 34: 271‒279.