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Species Hyperaspidius oblongus

Hyperaspidius oblongus Casey - Hyperaspidius oblongus Hyperaspidius oblongus Casey - Hyperaspidius oblongus Hyperaspidius oblongus Casey - Hyperaspidius oblongus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Coccinelloidea
No Taxon (Coccinellid group)
Family Coccinellidae (Lady Beetles)
Subfamily Scymninae
Tribe Hyperaspidini
Genus Hyperaspidius
Species oblongus (Hyperaspidius oblongus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Syn: Hyperaspidius trimaculatus Casey, 1899
Explanation of Names
Hyperaspidius oblongus Casey, 1908
Length 1.7 to 2.3 mm (1)
Texas (El Paso & Gulf Coast) - Map (1)
Type Locality: El Paso, Texas. Described from four spmns. (1)
See Also
This species, H. shauli, and H. ingenitus are very similar in appearance with H. oblongus and H. ingenitus being extremely similar.
The pronotal punctures of H. ingenitus are definitely larger than the elytral punctures, the other two species have the elytral punctures larger than the prenatal punctures.
The body form of H. shauli is distinctive because it is strongly dorsoventrally flattened and the elytra are parallel sided, while H. oblongus is somewhat convex in lateral view and does not appear extremely parallel sided.
It is possible that H. oblongus and H. ingenitus are nonspecific; but there are differences in the male genitalia that I consider significant, therefore I regard each as a valid species. (1)
Print References
Casey, T.L. 1908. Notes on the Coccinellidae, Canadian Entomol. 40: 393-421.
Internet References
Type Info - Smithsonian
Works Cited
1.The Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) of America North of Mexico
Robert D. Gordon. 1985. Journal of the New York Entomological Society, Vol. 93, No. 1.