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Species Phyllophaga tarsalis

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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)
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea (Scarab, Stag and Bess Beetles)
Family Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Melolonthinae (May Beetles and Junebugs)
Tribe Melolonthini
Genus Phyllophaga (May Beetles)
No Taxon (Subgenus Listrochelus)
Species tarsalis (Phyllophaga tarsalis)
Explanation of Names
Phyllophaga (Listrochelus) tarsalis (Schaeffer, 1908)
Size
12.5-14 mm (1)
Identification
Though resembling several small and densely pruinose species, P. (L.) tarsalis is the only one with a thorax that is apparently (view vertically) impunctate and glabrous, except at the sides. (1)
Range
AZ-NM (1)
Remarks
Type locality: "Santa Rita Mts., Arizona."
Works Cited
1.Revision of the scarabaeid beetles of the phyllophagan subgenus Listrochelus of the United States, with discussion...
L.W. Saylor. 1940. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 89(3095): 59-130.