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Lebia scalpta Bates - Lebia scalpta

Lebia scalpta Bates - Lebia scalpta
Pine Canyon Camp Area #4, 4,700 ft., Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas, USA
October 1, 2005
Det. R. Davidson

coll @ UV light

spmn in the TAMUIC

shown in BCA
here

Moved from Lebia scapula.

Lebia scalpta Bates, 1883
is what you intended I believe.

 
ID confirmed by T.L. Erwin: L. scalpta Bates
his comment: "Bob Davidson mixed up the species epithets and you can see why!"
[pretty obvious indeed: the names are all but anagrammatic. there are even more confusing examples, like fracta and farcta within the same genus, etc. =v=]

 
Another "anagrammatic" mixup
that remarkably has persisted in the recent literature until clarification in the revised American Beetles vol 1 is Selenophorus/Athrostictus punctatulus vs Selenophorus punctulatus - two distinct species.

 
too bad i can't recall it now...
recently i ran into two genera with, like, 12-letter-long names differing by a single vowel buried in the middle...

 
found it... 12 letters, like i said
Pachyonychis vs Pachyonychus in the Alticini; both monotypic.
Somewhat refreshing is the fact that Pachyonychus paradoxus Melsh. and Pachyonychis paradoxus Clark are religiously sympatric, except for the former is treated, appropriately, on p. 666, while the latter, on the preceding page(1)

 
thanks for catching this, Peter
scapula is a Horn's sp.; this one's head does look scalped

looks nothing like the rest on this page
no way it's conspecific, so maybe the rest are misplaced... by yours truly, although the epithet scapula (shoulder blade) better describes those pale-headed ones :(
on the other hand, there is a pic that looks to me similar to this one [head, thorax], given elytral pattern variation:

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