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Genus Nephus

2 spotted beetle - Nephus binaevatus Scymninae - Nephus flavifrons Nephus alyssae Golia and Golia - Nephus alyssae - female Nephus (Scymnobius) atramentarius (Boheman) - Nephus atramentarius Coccinellidae?-1 (1 of 4) - Nephus sordidus Nephus (Scymnobius) sordidus (Horn) - Nephus sordidus Nephus sordidus Nephus sordidus
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 Coccinelloidea
No Taxon (Coccinellid group)
Family Coccinellidae (Lady Beetles)
Subfamily Scymninae
Tribe Scymnini (Dusky Lady Beetles)
Genus Nephus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
First described in 1846 by Étienne Mulsant as a subgenus of Scymnus
Explanation of Names
Probably from Greek nephos (νεφος), "cloud," possibly referring to the cloudy spots on some species.
14 spp. in 5 subgenera north of Mexico(1)
Subgenus Nephus
Nephus ornatus (LeConte, 1850)
Subgenus Sidis
Nephus binaevatus (Mulsant, 1850)
Subgenus Turboscymnus
Nephus georgei (Weise, 1929)
Subgenus Scymnobius
Nephus atramentarius (Boheman, 1859)
Nephus bivulnerus (Horn, 1895)
Nephus flavifrons (Melsheimer, 1847)
Nephus gordoni (Dozier, 1971)
Nephus guttulatus (LeConte, 1852)
Nephus intrusus (Horn, 1895)
Nephus quadrarius (Casey, 1924)
Nephus sordidus (Horn, 1895)
Nephus timberlakei Gordon, 1985
Nephus wickhami Gordon, 1976
Subgenus Depressoscymnus
Nephus schwarzi Gordon, 1976
Internet References
Histoire naturelle des Coleopteres de France: Sulcicolles-Securipalpes (1846), p.237    Mulsant's original description of the genus (in French)
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.