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Species Gondwanocrypticus platensis

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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 Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Diaperinae
Tribe Crypticini
Genus Gondwanocrypticus
Species platensis (Gondwanocrypticus platensis)
Explanation of Names
Gondwanocrypticus platensis (Fairmaire 1884)
Identification
About 3.9-4.6 mm in length. Antennae dark except for segments 1 and 2 which are abruptly reddish. Antennal segment 2 is much shorter and paler compared to 3, which is two times as long as 2 and darkly pigmented in contrast. Pronotum noticeably more shining than the relatively dull elytra (Steiner & Swearingen, 2014).
Range
native to S. America, adventive in NA and now widespread in se US (DE-FL to WV-TX) & CA(1)(2)
Habitat
often associated with debris around ant nests (primarily of non-native ant species)(1)
Remarks
earliest record in our area: AL 1929(1)
Print References
Steiner, W. E., Jr., and J. M. Swearingen. 2014. Collection records of the crypticine darkling beetles (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae: Crypticini, Gondwanocrypticus Español) from the Chesapeake Bay Region. The Maryland Entomologist 6(2):27–7. (PDF)
Works Cited
1.New records of three non-native darkling beetles (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) established in California and Nevada, USA
Steiner W.E., Swearingen J.M. 2015. Col. Bull. 69: 22-26.
2.Catalogue of Tenebrionidae (Coleoptera) of North America
Yves Bousquet, Donald B. Thomas, Patrice Bouchard, Aaron D. Smith, Rolf L. Aalbu, M. Andrew Johnston, Warren E. Steiner Jr. 2018. ZooKeys 728: 1-455.