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Genus Attalus

locust flower beetle - Attalus scincetus Soft-winged Flower beetle (Melyrid) - Attalus scincetus - male Tiny beetle - Attalus Who's the tiny beetle on goldenbush? - Attalus trimaculatus Attalus? - Attalus circumscriptus Melyrid - Attalus terminalis - male tiny leaf beetle? - Attalus scincetus Attalus rufiventris Horn - Attalus rufiventris
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 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.
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.