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typical Latridiidae  - Melanophthalma

typical Latridiidae - Melanophthalma
Medford, (~25 miles east of Philadelphia, PA) Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
July 6, 2009
Size: 1.8mm
I get a lot of these, >90% looking just like this one. Suggestions welcome :)

came to UV light

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typical Latridiidae  - Melanophthalma typical Latridiidae  - Melanophthalma

Moved from Corticariinae.

Melanophthalma sp.
Another great Melanophthalma sp!
Although coxal lines can't be seen in your underside photo (legs/angle obscuring), the slanting pronotal depressions and arcuate toothless pronotal margin, separate this genus from Corticaria or Corticarina (which have circular medial depressions and usually toothed margin). Cortinicara can be ruled out by both the body size and width of the pronotum (smaller than yours)color (yours is lighter), as well as more subtle differences in the head and pronotal shape.

Thanks Charlene,
I'll include this one when I send you the dark Melanophthalma. Gee, I guess I'll have to check these a bit closer to see if there's any other different ones at the light.

Hi Tim,
Thanks, this will be a great package!!!
If you have any other Corticariinae, I'd look at them. Then with dissection we can get some species level IDs. This is becoming quite the obsession of mine (at the expense of my thesis)! ha. :-)