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Species Heterocerus mollinus

Variation or different species? - Heterocerus mollinus darker Heteroceridae - Heterocerus mollinus Beetle - Heterocerus mollinus Heterocerus mollinus Kiesenwetter - Heterocerus mollinus mud beetle #3 - Heterocerus mollinus Heteroceridae > Heterocerus ? - Heterocerus mollinus Heterocerus - Heterocerus mollinus - male Heterocerid - Heterocerus mollinus - male
Classification
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 Byrrhoidea (Pill, Water and Toe-winged Beetles)
Family Heteroceridae (Variegated Mud-loving Beetles)
Genus Heterocerus
No Taxon (mollinus species-group)
Species mollinus (Heterocerus mollinus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Heterocerus mollinus Kiesenwetter, 1851
Syn: Lanternarius mollinus (Kiesenwetter)
Size
Length 4.0-5.5 mm (1)
Range
occurs throughout N. Amer., except northern Canada (1)
Habitat
Unlike other Heterocerus spp., Heterocerus mollinus was present in nearly every se US riparian and habitat sampled as well as from nonriverine environments, such as roadside ditches. It is common near rivers and ponds of all sizes. (1)
Remarks
H. mollinus is the most common spp. of Heterocerus in N. Amer. Thousands of specimens can be collected in light traps placed near muddy river banks. (1)
See Also
similar in general appearance to two other se spp. that have post-mesothoracic coxal lines, H. sinuosus and H. insolens. (1)
Print References
von Kiesenwetter, E.A.H. 1851 Revision der Kafergattung Heterocerus. Linnaea Entomologica, 5: 281-300.