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Species Vostox apicedentatus - Toothed Earwig

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Dermaptera (Earwigs)
Family Spongiphoridae (Little Earwigs)
Genus Vostox
Species apicedentatus (Toothed Earwig)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Spongovostox apicedentatus(1)
Explanation of Names
Vostox apicedentatus (Caudell 1904)
apicedentatus = 'toothed at tip' (refers to the distinctive feature of the male's forceps)
Identification
The male can be identified by a single tooth on the inside edge of the forceps near the tip. The female is almost impossible to tell from females of other Vostox spp.
Range
so. TX through CA; Mexico(1)
Habitat
Deserts; mostly in rotting cacti (one of the few places that keep moist for very long in the desert)
Works Cited
1.The Earwigs of California (Order Dermaptera)
R.L. Langston & J.A. Powell. 1975. Bull. Calif. Insect Surv. 20: 1-25.