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South American Teneb in California - Gondwanocrypticus platensis

South American Teneb in California - Gondwanocrypticus platensis
Webb Canyon, ~2000 ft. elevation, Los Angeles County, California, USA
April 7, 2010
Size: 3.5 - 4 mm
Another one of my many pool rescues... I did my best to come up with a good match for this one and I thought it looked very similar to the teneb Gondwanocrypticus, but I don't believe that genus exists in California. So, maybe one of the Platydema species? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated! (I do have some more images, so please let me know if there is a specific feature you need to see.)

Surrounding habitat is chaparral and mixed oak woodland.

Images of this individual: tag all
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thanks, Kojun & Warren; so, what happens next, Harsi?
:)))
Moved from Beetles.

 
My most sincere thanks to Kojun & Warren...
...for getting to the bottom of this mystery! Very interesting to learn the identity of this little beetle who's come from so far away...

Kojun mentioned that this was a "relatively newly recorded introduced species" and I thought it was worth mentioning that after reviewing my photo files I realized that I actually have photographs of specimens from as early as March 2009. I will post more of my images soon!

As many BugGuiders may already know, I have resisted any collection of live specimens up to this point. I often feel very torn between my personal beliefs and my desire to assist those professionals who have been so extremely kind and helpful to me in my ongoing insect education. I guess I will just have to see which impulse wins out the next time that I encounter this species. (*smile*)

 
Sorry this took almost a year...
...but I have finally posted images documenting the earliest date on record for this beetle around my place -- March 18, 2009.

 
you definitely want me at your side to do the dirty job for you

 
Ha ha!
I imagine you like the minute cartoon devil on my shoulder whispering in my ear while my purer, creature-loving side attempts to stay strong...

Gondwanocrypticus
Sent image to vetern teneb expert Warren Steiner. He IDed this as Gondwanocrypticus platensis. A relatively newly recorded introduced species from S America. He is currently compiling distributional information for this beast so it would be great if you could keep any future specimens you encounter! Great find!!

Rescued yet another one from the pool this afternoon...
So, there must either be a small population of them nearby, or else I've got one determinedly suicidal beetle on my hands. :-)

Gondwanocrypticus obsoletus
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Wait!!!
I just noticed this is from CA...lemme get back to you on this :)

 
I dunno...
sure looks like it! Wonder if it has been introduced to the West? I'd be interested to hear from our teneb specialists on this!!!!

 
looks a whole lot like it indeed
there's nothing else quite like it...

 
Hmm... well, this is starting to look quite interesting!
Sorry, I didn't get back to you guys earlier -- I've been gone most of the day. So, I have lots of other images of this specimen and I also rescued another one (the same one?!!) from the pool on the following day. Are there any other views you think I should add or are these images pretty convincing that this is Gondwanocrypticus obsoletus? If so, what is it doing in California? :-) Has anyone contacted Kojun yet? If not, I could drop him an e-mail and ask him to have a look...

 
Kojun alerted immediately
try to keep some, mon ange -- just in case

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