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Genus Attalus

red/black melyrid - Attalus oregonensis Attalus rufiventris Horn - Attalus rufiventris Flower beetle: Attalus, perhaps? - Attalus sp-one-calif Attalus Sotf-winged flower beetle - Attalus trimaculatus? - Attalus trimaculatus Attalus? - Attalus serraticornis Malachius? - Attalus Attalus? - Attalus sp-one-calif
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Cleroidea
Family Melyridae (Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Subfamily Malachiinae
Tribe Malachiini
Subtribe Attalina
Genus Attalus
Explanation of Names
Attalus Erichson 1840
54 spp. in our area, 125 in NA, hundreds worldwide(1)
The expanded second segment of the front tarsi is characteristic of all male Attalus. (A. Mayor's comment)
widespread, most diverse in sw. US(1)
Numerous undescribed spp. in the deserts of the sw. US and Mexico(1)
Internet References
Keys and descriptions from the 1951 work "Studies in Malichiidae, III" by M. Y. Marshall.
Type specimen images for 20 taxa from the Museum of Comparative Zoology (Harvard)
Works Cited
1.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.