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Genus Polycesta

Buprestid? - Polycesta aruensis Polycesta californica - Polycesta Polycesta crypta - female Polycesta elata LeConte - Polycesta elata Beetle - Polycesta Polycesta aruensis  - Polycesta aruensis Polycesta arizonica Schaeffer - Polycesta arizonica Polycesta elata LeConte - Polycesta elata
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 Elateriformia)
Superfamily Buprestoidea (Metallic Wood Boring Beetles)
Family Buprestidae (Metallic Wood-boring Beetles)
Subfamily Polycestinae
Genus Polycesta
Explanation of Names
Polycesta Dejean 1833
Numbers
12 spp. in 4 subgenera in our area; 53 spp. worldwide(1)
the nominate subgenus (not yet in the guide) includes one sp. from FL and one from TX(2)
Range
Africa, Australia, and the Americas(1); in our area, e. and so. US (PA, AL, FL, MO-TX-CA)(3)
Remarks
our only representative of the tribe Polycestini Lacordaire 1857, that contains 24 genera (~100 spp.) worldwide (most diverse in tropical Africa)(1)