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Photo#36268
White Sands beetle - Omorgus

White Sands beetle - Omorgus
White Sands, Otero County, New Mexico, USA
June 6, 2005
Not one of the big darkling beetles that are all over the place at White Sands, but some funky nocturnal thing...

its probably trox
its probably trox

 
I agree
I agree. Here's a very similar one I photographed not too terribly far away from you in Texas:



Trox type beetles are sometimes put in their own family or sometimes put in with Scarabs. Taxonomists have also messed around with genus names, so Trox may be appropriate, or else (more likely) Omorgus.

Nice find and nice photo.

--Stephen

Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV
www.stephencresswell.com

 
Thanks! Kind of surprising,
Thanks! Kind of surprising, given color differences in vertebrates on and off the gypsum sands, that this guy would look so similar to ones off the sands in Texas.

Patrick Alexander
http://boechera.nmsu.edu/~paalexan/

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