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Genus Tropicus

Tropicus pusillus (Say) - Tropicus pusillus A little beetle at lights - Tropicus pusillus Mud-loving Beetle - Tropicus pusillus Mud-loving Beetle - Tropicus pusillus Tropicus? - Tropicus Tropicus? - Tropicus pusillus 3041743 Heterocerid - Tropicus pusillus 3041764 Heterocerid - Tropicus pusillus
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 Elateriformia)
Superfamily Byrrhoidea (Pill, Water and Toe-winged Beetles)
Family Heteroceridae (Variegated Mud-loving Beetles)
Genus Tropicus
Explanation of Names
Tropicus Pacheco 1964
4 spp. in our area(1)(2)(3)
Color pattern simple, among other characters(1)
T. pusillus (Say) e. Canada to Panama
T. minutus (Fall) TX(1)
T. niger Skalický MS(2)
T. nigrellus King & Lago NC-FL-MS(3)
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.
2.New species of Heteroceridae from the New World (Coleoptera: Heteroceridae)
Skalický, S. 2007. Koleopterologische Rundschau 77:171-178.
3.The variegated mud-loving beetles (Heteroceridae) of Mississippi and Alabama, with discussion and keys to se US spp.
King, J.G. and P.K. Lago. 2012. Insecta Mundi 0275: 1-53.