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Species Iliotona cacti

Iliotona cacti LeConte - Iliotona cacti Iliotona cacti (LeConte) - Iliotona cacti Iliotona cacti (LeConte) - Iliotona cacti Iliotona cacti (LeConte) - Iliotona cacti Iliotona cacti Hololepta? - Iliotona cacti Beetle, dorsal - Iliotona cacti - male Beetle, ventral - Iliotona cacti - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Staphyliniformia)
Superfamily Hydrophiloidea
Family Histeridae (Clown Beetles)
Subfamily Histerinae
Tribe Hololeptini
Genus Iliotona
Species cacti (Iliotona cacti)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Iliotona cacti (LeConte)
Orig. Comb: Hololepta cacti LeConte 1851
References cite 4.5-7.5 mm(1) and 5-7.5 mm(2). However, BugGuide posts are of specimens that are 10.7 mm including mandibles, and 11 mm excluding mandibles. The Type on MCZ is 14 mm including mandibles.
"Prosternum carinate, acutely produced anteriorly; teeth of hind and middle tibiae equally spaced" (3) separates Iliotona from Hololepta. I. cacti is the only species in our area. That is, prosternum is produced in the center into a nearly acute "V" underneath the head, while Hololepta have that area either flattened/rounded, or with a broader V.

Det. V. Belov, 2020
s. CA to Houston to Guatemala - Map (4)(5)
Type Locality: San Diego, CA
Print References
LeConte, J.L. 1851. Descriptions of new species of Coleoptera, from California. Annals of the Lyceum of Natural History of New York, 5: 125–184. (Full Text)
Internet References
Type - MCZ, Harvard
Works Cited
1.Field Guide to Beetles of California
Arthur V. Evans and James N. Hogue. 2006. University of California Press.
2.Synopsis of the Histeridae of the United States
George H. Horn. 1873. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Vol. 13, No. 90, pp. 273-360 .
3.American Beetles, Volume I: Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia
Arnett, R.H., Jr., and M. C. Thomas. (eds.). 2000. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
4.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.
5.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)