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Genus Ptilodactyla

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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)
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Byrrhoidea (Pill, Water and Toe-winged Beetles)
Family Ptilodactylidae (Toe-winged Beetles)
Subfamily Ptilodactylinae
Genus Ptilodactyla
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
badly needs revision; reviewed in(1)
Explanation of Names
Ptilodactyla Illiger 1807
Numbers
9 described spp. in our area (two reach Canada), >360 worldwide(2)
Size
4-6 mm
Identification
Light brown to deep brown, with appendages paler. Male antennomeres 4-10 each with a basal process that is as long as the segment. Pronotum granulate-punctate, with denticulate basal margin. Scutellum heart-shaped, notched anteriorly. Elytra feebly striate; intervals densely punctate.(3)
The antennae of females are serrate.
Key to several spp. in(4)
Species identification based almost exclusively on male genitalia and requires dissection
Habitat
worldwide; most of e. US and adjacent Canada west ti MB-TX(2)
Remarks
common at lights
Works Cited
1.A review of the species of Ptilodactyla in the United States with descriptions of three new species (Coleoptera:Ptilodactylidae)
Victor Johnson and Paul Freytag. 1982. Entomological News, Vol 93, pp 129-135.
2.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.
3.The Beetles of Northeastern North America, Vol. 1 and 2.
Downie, N.M., and R.H. Arnett. 1996. The Sandhill Crane Press, Gainesville, FL.
4.Water Beetles of South Carolina
Janet Ciegler. 2003. Clemson University.