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Genus Kuschelina

small beetle - Kuschelina gibbitarsa Chrysomelidae - Kuschelina gibbitarsa Kuschelina gibbitarsa Chrysomelidae ? - Kuschelina vians Kuschelina vians Little red bug. - Kuschelina gibbitarsa Kuschelina fimbriata Big Toes - Kuschelina petaurista
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 Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Galerucinae (Skeletonizing Leaf Beetles and Flea Beetles)
Tribe Alticini (Flea Beetles)
No Taxon (Oedionychis Genus Group)
Genus Kuschelina
Explanation of Names
Kuschelina J. Bechyné 1951
27 described spp. in our area, ca. 30 total(1)
swollen metatarsal claws (also found in Capraita); incomplete key to species in (2); for the miniata-group see (3)
New World; in our area, across the US and so. Canada(1)
The neotropical genus Alagoasa J. Bechyné, 1955 is of difficult delimitation vs. Kuschelina. The genera may have to be united under the latter name,
or species rearranged in new entities, if the assemblage proves polyphyletic.
One species recently transferred: For Kuschelina jacobiana, see Alagoasa jacobiana
Still missing in guide (Nov.2018):
K. aemula (Horn, 1889)
K. amplivittata (Blake, 1927)
K. brachyscela (Blake, 1965)
K. concinna (Fabricius, 1801)
K. discicollis (Crotch, 1873)
K. fallax (Melsheimer, 1847) - see iNaturalist
K. horni (Harold, 1881) - see iNaturalist
K. perplexa (Blake, 1954)
K. lateralis (Jacoby, 1886)
K. rhabdota (Blake, 1954)
K. violascens (LeConte, 1859) - see iNaturalist
K. weismani (Blake, 1954)
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2. A revision of the beetles of the genus Oedionychis occurring in America north of Mexico
Blake, Doris H. 1927. Proceedings of the United States National Museum 70 (no. 2672):1–44.
3.Chrysomelid beetles of the Oedionychus miniatus complex (Coleoptera)
Blake, Doris H. 1954. Proceedings of the entomological society of Washington 56: 139-147.