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Species Phyllophaga planeta

Phyllophaga (Listrochelus) planeta Reinhard - Phyllophaga planeta - female
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 planeta (Phyllophaga planeta)
Explanation of Names
Phyllophaga (Listrochelus) planeta Reinhard, 1950
endemic to w. TX (1)
The type locality is Fort Davis (Jeff Davis County)(Reinhard, 1950). Riley & Wolfe (2003) recollected this species in Jeff Davis County and Howden (1960) reported specimens from Brewster County that he believed were intermediate between P. (L.) meadei Saylor from Arizona and P. planeta from Fort Davis. This species complex of Listrocheilus needs further taxonomic study. (1)
Print References
Howden, H. 1960. A new species of Phyllophaga from the Big Bend region of Texas and Coahuila, with notes on other Scarabaeidae of the area. The Canadian Entomologist. 92: 457-464.
Reinhard, H.J. 1950. The Phyllophaga of Texas. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 23(1): 27-40, (2): 41-51.
Works Cited
1.An annotated checklist of the Scarabaeoidea of Texas.
Edward G. Riley & Charles S. Wolfe. 2003. Southwestern Entomologist, Supplement. 37 pp.