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Genus Ischalia

strange anthicid - Ischalia costata strange anthicid - Ischalia costata Ischalia costata Ischalia vancouverensis Ischalia californica broad-hipped flower beetle - Ischalia californica Potential Tenebrionidae? - Ischalia vancouverensis Fungus Beetle? - Ischalia vancouverensis
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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Ischaliidae (Broad-hipped Flower Beetles)
Subfamily Ischaliinae (Broad-hipped Flower Beetles)
Genus Ischalia
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Both D.K. Young(1) and D. Chandler (pers. comm.) agree with Nikitsky & Egorov (1992) that the genus is better placed in a separate family (rather than Anthicidae or Pyrochroidae)
Explanation of Names
Ischalia Pascoe 1860
Numbers
36 spp. worldwide, of which 3 in our area; all our spp. + 2 spp. from China belong to the subgenus Eupleurida LeConte 1862; the remaining 30 spp. (all Asian), to the subgenus Ischalia(1)(2)
Identification
all our spp. have distinctive patterns, and are illustrated in(2) (Figs 15-17)
Range
33 spp. in East & South Asia, 3 spp. in NA (one eastern, two western)(1)