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Genus Phodaga

DEATH VALLEY BEETLE - Phodaga alticeps Dune Meloid - Phodaga marmorata Phodaga alticeps - female Phodaga marmorata? - Phodaga marmorata Phodaga marmorata? - Phodaga marmorata Beetle in Colorado Desert - Phodaga alticeps Beetle in Colorado Desert - Phodaga alticeps Beetle - Phodaga alticeps
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 Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Meloinae
Tribe Eupomphini
Genus Phodaga
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
=Negalius Casey 1891
Explanation of Names
Phodaga LeConte 1858
2 spp. in the genus, both in our area(1)
6-25 mm(2)
Ph. marmorata: Elytra obsolescently reticulate with variegated cinereous pubescence at floor of reticula; occiput evenly convex; pro- and mesotibia of male not enlarged; antennae not sexually dimorphic; body broadly tumid posteriorly, elytra only moderately declivent laterally, widening posterad
Ph. alticeps: Elytra relatively smooth, subglabrous; occiput distinctly acuminate; mesotibia of male inflated, with a deep ventral furrow; antennae sexually dimorphic, segments III-V of male wider and subglabrous anteriorly; body linear, elytra distinctly declivent laterally, not widening posterad(2)
sw. US to n. Mexico(1)(2)
Print References
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 taxonomic review of Cysteodemus, Phodaga, and Pleuropasta with a new generic synonymy
Pinto J.D. 1984. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 86: 127-143.
3.Field Guide to Beetles of California
Arthur V. Evans and James N. Hogue. 2006. University of California Press.