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Species Platydema erythrocerum

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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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Diaperinae
Tribe Diaperini
Subtribe Diaperina
Genus Platydema
Species erythrocerum (Platydema erythrocerum)
Explanation of Names
Platydema erythrocerum LaPorte & Brullé 1831
erythrocerum = 'red-horned'
3.2-4.4 mm(1)
our only sp. with horns and dull integument(1)
e. US (NY-FL to KS-TX)(2)
Works Cited
1.Revision of Diaperini of American north of Mexico with notes on extralimital species (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae)
Triplehorn, C.A. 1965. Proceedings of the United States National Museum No. 3515, 117: 349-458.
2.Tenebrionoidea of South Carolina
Janet C. Ciegler. 2014. Clemson University.