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Click Beetle - Melanotus similis

Click Beetle - Melanotus similis
Pearl River County, Mississippi, USA
September 19, 2010
Size: 15mm
Taken in Lindgren funnel trap/blacklight near,id appreciated.Melanotus?

Moved from Melanotus communis Complex.

Voucher specimens from UGA helped confirm. A new species for BugGuide, Johnny. This species is in the communis-complex, along with a few other closely-related species.

Thanks Blaine
Great Work as always!!

Moved from Melanotus.

Identified by voucher specimen.

This is a difficult group, and often genitilia are necessary. I hope to get some voucher specimens of Melanotus from UGA so I have reference material for comparison. Based on the pronotal punctures, I belive this is M. communis proper, but let's leave at the 'group' level for now.

Moved from Click Beetles.Thanks Blaine,mailing it your
way tomorrow.

Yes, enlarging the pics shows nice serrated tarsal claws, and Melanotus is one of a few genera with this feature. I have a key to the genus, if you have the specimen. Looks like something near communis-similis.

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