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Click Beetle - Blauta cribraria

Click Beetle - Blauta cribraria
Pearl River County, Mississippi, USA
August 5, 2010
Size: 11mm BL
Found at sodium vapor light and id appreciated.

Moved from Hemicrepidius.

After I mis-moved this specimen, I decided to re-run it, too, and it turns out to be Blauta cribraria, a new genus for BugGuide. It also matched well with the MCZ type here. It's easy to mis-key to Hemicrepidius, due to the depressed frontal area.

super, guys -- thanks
the voucher program at work!

Moved from Agriotes.

Oops, moved the wrong image--sorry about that :). I wish BugGuide had an 'undo' button.

Moved from Hemicrepidius.

I am going through some of my earlier dets and this is a Blauta sp. Similar to Hemicrepidius, but the pronotalsternal sutures are open.

Moved from Click Beetles.Thanks Blaine.

No problemo
it keys out nice but I hope one of the big elaterid gurus can confirm. The gestalt doesn't grab me for Hemicrepidius but it keys out OK!

Keying of voucher specimen has this coming up as Hemicrepidius (1):

-no setae on tarsal claws
-vesiture slender, hair-like
-claws simple, not pectinate or serrate
-tarsal segements 2-3 (1?) with membraneous pads
-pronotal hind angle distinctly projecting from hypomeron
-frontal margin depressed and not projecting over labrum

I do not have a key (yet) to the species to go farther at this time.

Moved from Beetles.

I hope this help start our collaboration! :) Not sure off-hand. It is not a Melanotus sp., as the tarsal claws are not serrate.

Thanks,will try and get mail out today
if I can.