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Leptophloeus? - Leptophloeus

Leptophloeus? - Leptophloeus
Kenai Mountains. Alpine saddle 1km west of Cottonwood Creek and 4km south of Skilak Lake. , Kenai Peninsula Borough County, Alaska, USA
June 26, 2004
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Moved tentatively
Matt, any developments? did you send the beetle to Mike?

Moved from Lined Flat Bark Beetles.

Sure looks like
a Leptophloeus, but not L. angustulus. I'd very much like to examine it. There is one laemophloeid described from Alaska: Laemophloeus pusillimus (Mannerheim, 1843:303), described as a Trogosita. The description reads: "Elongata depressa, pallide rufe-testacea, thorace basi transversim impresso, lineolis tribus exarato, in medio foveolato, elytris subtiliter crebre punctulatis, stria suturali profunde impressa. Longit. 1/2 lin. Latit. 1/6 lin. Habitat in insula Sitkha D. Blaschke." A second Mannerheim species from Sitkha, L. longicornis, has been synonymized under Cryptolestes pusillus.

As far as I know L. pusillimus has gone unrecognized since its description and I'm not sure how it came to be transferred to Laemophloeus. It is intriguing to think that this may be it. It would be great if you could collect a series. As V suggested, it is probably in scolytid burrows and could be reared from scolytid-infested wood.

sounds like a really good call to me
AK is a strange place for this bug to show up, though; let's wait for Dr Thomas's input. i wonder if this is one of those spp. that live in bark beetle galleries on conifers --there are a few in Eurasia (although those more stretched Cryptolestes spp. also look a lot like this, i must say)
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