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Genus Epuraea

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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 Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark and Fungus Beetles)
No Taxon (Nitidulid series)
Family Nitidulidae (Sap-feeding Beetles)
Subfamily Epuraeinae
Genus Epuraea
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
New World fauna under revision by Andrew Cline
Explanation of Names
Epuraea Erichson 1843
32 spp. in our area(1) (the number is expected to change), perhaps close to 200 worldwide, arranged into 17 subgenera(2)
Often requires examination of male copulatory organs; however, several common spp. can be IDed with high degree of certainty based on habitus -- 23 spp. are imaged in(3)(4)
Worldwide except S. America; the Holarctic fauna is the richest(5); in NA, across the continent(1)
On sap, fungi, rotting fruit; some on flowers, in bee (esp. bumblebee) nests, or leaf litter(5)
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.A current generic classification of sap beetles (Coleoptera, Nitidulidae)
Kirejtshuk A.G. 2008. Zoosystematica Rossica 17: 107-122.
3.Price M.B., Cira T. (2008) Kateretidae & Nitidulidae of Wisconsin
4.Collison C., MacGown J. (2010) Nitidulidae in the Mississippi Entomological Museum
5.A revision of Neartic Nitidulidae (Coleoptera)
Parsons C.T. 1943. Bull. comp. Zool. 92: 121-278.