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Species Photinus texanus

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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 Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Lampyridae (Fireflies)
Subfamily Lampyrinae
Tribe Lucidotini
Genus Photinus
Species texanus (Photinus texanus)
Explanation of Names
Photinus texanus Green 1956
Size
5-7 mm(1)
Identification
Pronotum with median dark vitta attaining base but not apex, widest in front, narrowest just before base at middle nearly one-third as wide as convex surface; anterior coarsely punctate area dusky medially. (1)
Scutellum and mesunotal areas dark piceous. (1)
Elytra dark brownish piceous, sutural bead flavate nearly to scutellum, lateral pale border wider, exceeding width of explanate margin medially, narrowly continuous around apex. (1)
Range
w. to c. TX to n. Mex. (1)
Remarks
Type Locality: Brownsville, Texas, October, 1942
See Also
Photinus marginella LeConte 1851 - Range: e. US
This species closely resembles P. marginella, from which it may be distinguished with certainty only by the male genitalia. It is probable that the two species do not occur in the same region. There are no records of P. marginella from Texas, except one example rather dubiously labeled "Texas" only. (1)
Works Cited
1.Revision of the Nearctic species of Photinus (Lampyridae: Coleoptera).
Green, J.W. 1956. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 28: 561–613.