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Unknown  - Cercyon limbatus

Unknown - Cercyon limbatus
Canmore Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
July 27, 2009
Size: 2.8 mm
Sphaeridiinae? or something else?

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Moved from Cercyon.

Cercyon limbatus (Mannerheim)
is a much better fit than C. matthewsi. The latter species is much darker than this and has more defined lateral pale markings.

i never suggested matthewsi, just stated that i can't exclude it
...because i had no information on it whatsoever in my handy sources, but the syntype of limbatus (Mnnh.) looks too dull and bicolored...

C. (s.str.)
matthewsi (no idea what it looks like) is the only one i couldn't exclude from those listed for AB by Roughley

Moved from Leiodinae.

will try to figure this one out using Smetana's key.

just keep in mind that 'smetana' means 'sour cream'

don't quite get your analogy there.. :)
(I like sour cream chips btw :))

i hardly ever get my analogies myself, so there's no surprise

ah well....
I guess I will find out what you mean when I work through this and the rest of my other unIDed hydro~s during the next few weeks. I really like the abundance of figures in the text though...

good luck -- i'm looking forward to see the results
i took a peek into the 26-spp. Cercyon key for the Pacif. part of Russia -- it turns out, just body outline may be highly diagnostic; when you add color pattern and well-defined puncture/microsculpture features, it turns out, you only need to check genitalia very occasionally

Moved from ID Request.

Looks like a leiodid of some kind; doesn't look like a sphaeridine hydrophilid to me, but not familiar with Canada's fauna.

Had lots of trouble trying to decide between the 2.

unless something in the Leiodini, then definately* a sphaeridiine
*BG's prevailing spelling

I hope I've never spelled it that way...
I tend to make lots of weird errors while typing.

perform a BG search...
...on both 'definately' and 'definatly' [less popular, i'll admit] -- just to get an idea

the American way of spelling? ;-)

hehe indeed
btw, Natalie always uses the 'haha' version; makes me think...

Well thats how it sounds when I laugh
I don't make a "hehe" sound. I have a definite "HA" in my laugh. Plus I hate to use lol.

oh i see... most illuminating, thanx!
the sounds i make are way too weird to be adequately rendered by any combination of the English letters... which is all the more troubling that i, too, hate the above-mentioned acronym.

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