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Species Ababa tantilla

Ababa tantilla (LeConte)  - Ababa tantilla
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 Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Cleroidea (Bark-gnawing, Checkered and Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Family Cleridae (Checkered Beetles)
Subfamily Isoclerinae
Genus Ababa
Species tantilla (Ababa tantilla)
Explanation of Names
Ababa tantilla (LeConte 1865)
Size
1.8-2.6 mm(1)
Identification
densely, finely punctured head, small eyes, a pronotum that is more densely punctured than the head, and elytra that are densely punctured with the basal punctures larger than those of the pronotum and becoming smaller apically. Its body is entirely dull brown to dark brown. (2)
Range
e. US (MA-FL to MO-TX) & Mexico - Map (3)(4)(2)(5)
Life Cycle
reared from touchwood (Polyporaceae: Fomes igniarius) in Texas (Knull, 1951)
reared from the shelf fungus Phellinus sp. (Polyporaceae) inhabited by Ciidae (2)
reared in TX from old bracket fungi(6)
Print References
Knull, J.N. 1951. The checkered beetles of Ohio (Coleoptera: Cleridae). Ohio Biological Survey Bulletin 8(42): 268-350.
Works Cited
1.The Beetles of Northeastern North America, Vol. 1 and 2.
Downie, N.M., and R.H. Arnett. 1996. The Sandhill Crane Press, Gainesville, FL.
2.The checkered beeltes (Coleoptera: Cleridae) of Florida.
Leavengood, Jr., J.M. 2008. University of Florida, Gainesville. 206 pp.
3.Catalogue of North American beetles of the family Cleridae
Wolcott A.B. 1947. Fieldiana: Zoology 32: 63–105.
4. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.
5.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
6.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.