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Genus Elater

Elater abruptus Say - Elater abruptus - male Elater abruptus? - Elater abruptus click beetle - Elater abruptus venter, click beetle - Elater abruptus Click Beetle - Elater lecontei Elater lecontei Elaterid - Elater Large Click Beetle - Elater
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 Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Elateridae (Click Beetles)
Subfamily Elaterinae
Tribe Elaterini
Genus Elater
Explanation of Names
Elater Linnaeus 1758
Greek 'driver, hurler', referring to its way of hurling itself into the air when it clicks
6 spp. in our area(1), ~20 total(2)
in our area, e. & w. coastal US(1)