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Species Gondwanocrypticus platensis

Coleoptera - Gondwanocrypticus platensis Gondwanocrypticus platensis (Fairmaire) - Gondwanocrypticus platensis Beetle - Gondwanocrypticus platensis South American Teneb in California - Gondwanocrypticus platensis Tiny beetle - Gondwanocrypticus platensis Beetle - Gondwanocrypticus platensis Small Tenebrionid? - Gondwanocrypticus platensis Loomis-0BG.J.2020.23 - Gondwanocrypticus platensis
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)
3.9-4.6 mm (1)
Antennal segments 1 and 2 are 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 (1)
adventive to: se US (DE-FL to WV-TX) & CA - Map (2)(3)(4), native to S. America, earliest record in our area: AL 1929(2)
often associated with debris around ant nests (primarily of non-native ant species)(2)
non-native G. platensis is now more commonly collected than the indigenous G. obsoletus. (1)
See Also
Gondwanocrypticus obsoletus (Say) - Antennal segments 2 and 3 similar in color and size. The dorsal luster or sheen is uniformly dull, somewhat polished (1)
- native to se. US
Det. M. A. Quinn, 2022
Print References
Steiner W.E., Jr., Swearingen J.M. (2014) Collection records of the crypticine darkling beetles (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae: Crypticini, Gondwanocrypticus Español) from the Chesapeake Bay Region. Maryland Entomol. 6(2):27–37. (1)
Works Cited
1.Collection records of the crypticine darkling beetles (Tenebrionidae: Crypticini, Gondwanocrypticus) from the Chesapeake Bay Reg
Steiner, W.E., Jr., and J.M. Swearingen. 2014. The Maryland Entomologist 6(2):27–37.
2.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.
3.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.
4.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)