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Mauroniscidae, - Scuromanius facetus

Mauroniscidae, - Scuromanius facetus
Organ Mountains foothills, Dona Ana County, New Mexico, USA
August 5, 2006
Size: about 3.4 mm
Collected by tapping flower bloom into palm of hand. If I had to guess, I'd say this was a melyrid. Somebody please set me straight :-)

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Mauroniscidae, - Scuromanius facetus Family unknown - Scuromanius facetus Family unknown - Scuromanius facetus Family unknown - Scuromanius facetus

From Adriean Mayor via Doug Yanega,
This specimen determined to be Scuromanius facetus.

Moved from Scuromanius.

Organ Mountains foothills, Dona Ana County, New Mexico, USA
The genus Scuromanius Majer, 1995 was described in the family Mauroniscidae Majer, 1994. While the status of this family is unsettled, it will be treated as a subfamily of Dasytidae in a catalog of Melyridae and related families.

Wow, family rank for dasytines!
Will this include all dasytines or are some being sent elsewhere? And will the catalog be printed, online, or both? Any details would be great.

Thanks for revisiting bugguide by the way, Adriean. If you get a moment, please add a line or two about youself and your role regarding Melyridae on your bugguide personal page (click your name or "Your Account" to get there). A link to another site that relates your relevant bio would suffice as well.

Moved from Dasytinae.

Newly formed family?
See comments under this view by world melyrid taxonomist Robert Constantin of France.

Moved from Beetles.

Less wild guess
Hi Jim,

I see nothing that prevents to consider this small beetle as a Melyrid (subfam. Dasytinae).

regards, Boris

I think I'll run it by a dasytine specialist then -- also in Europe :-)

I would say
Melyridae (Dasytinae) also, though it is not one I recognize seeing before.

No word yet from specialist.
I think I'll go ahead and move this since I already have two votes in favor :-)

*****? I notice that you sometimes interrupt your putative species names with asterisks and other such characters (mel*yrid). I think I read once that you do this so that in the event that the ID turns out to be incorrect, you don't want that species image to turn up on further searches. I'm not sure that is a good idea. First of all, 99% of your ID's turn out to be right on anyway. Second, I think it would be helpful, rather than distracting, when doing a search, to also link up to specimens that are not that species, but could be easily confused even by the best coleopterists out there (AKA yourself!). You know, kind of a "what were they thinking" thing. Just a suggestion :). Keep up the good work.

I doubt you've been keeping an accuracy score on me. Don Chandler would probably say I'm less than 50% accurate :-)

I know what you mean about the "what they were thinking" record, and I normally leave my erroneous first assumptions (with asterisks) in the text for that very reason.

As for Salpingidae, I've posted photos of long-headed beetles in several other families (mel*oids and ly*cids among them), so I would take some more convincing before buying that family ID.

I'm loaded to the gills with New Mexico beetle images I need to process and post. I supposed the area would be rich in mel*oids and teneb*rionids. I was surprised to find it quite speciose in cler*ids, car*abids, and an*thicids. Not very many teneb*rionids have put in an appearance, so I'm wondering if they are less active during the rainy season. The ceramb*ycids are at a low count as well.

How about Salpingidae?
That head kind of makes me think Salpingidae but this is just a wild guess.

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