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Another tenebrionid? - Coniontis

Another tenebrionid? - Coniontis
Ano Nuevo State Park, San Mateo County, California, USA
August 1, 2009
Found and photographed on the beach at Ano Nuevo State Reserve.

I think this is another tenebrionid...but I don't have time to try to ID it now. Any suggestions appreciated.

Images of this individual: tag all
Another tenebrionid? - Coniontis Another tenebrionid? - Coniontis

Moved from Darkling Beetles.

Moved from Beetles.

tenebrionid, sure -- a dorsal view would be great

=v= ... This *is* a dorsal view!
But that's OK...we all make mistakes :-)

I think Joyce Gross may have a dorsal...(argh!) ventral view of this same species from the same place (and day?). Hopefully she'll be able to post it soon.

i meant, 'plain dorsal' (something like this one) -- vs tilted; with the overwhelming diversity of teneb spp. badly exacerbated by the family's notorious proclivity to produce lookalikes in any number of unrelated taxa, it is critical to be able to adequately assess the proportions and general outline

looking at my photos ...
I don't think mine are going to help get beyond genus. Mine is a different individual on a different day, and the ventral view is not so good.

It was actually the other teneb you posted [Ele*odes] from Ano Nuevo that I was referring to about having a ventral shot -- but that has the same problem: different day, different individual, and not-so-great ventral shot. There are 66 species of Ele*odes in CA! And 35 species of Coniontis. I seem to be allergic to dealing with these tenebs right now -- I have tons of photos of them that overwhelm me when I look at them.... :(

"...overwhelm me when I look at them..."
i know the feeling, trust me; still, pls take the trouble to dump them all on BG -- the more we have, the more likely we'll be able to match some to preserves specimens, others to IDed images, etc.
the teneb section is an economy of scale [same applies to the elaterids, cantharids, & other such pain-in-the-ass taxa] -- also subject to Le Chatelier's Principle

That's fine
...maybe we'll see them again sometime and get some shots then :-)

Coniontis or related...
I'd suspect; familiar with arid SW fauna but no the beach fauna :)

Thanks Blaine
I checked out the Coniontis guidepage...and they do look like a good match.

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