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Noteridae - Burrowing Water Beetle - Suphisellus

Noteridae - Burrowing Water Beetle - Suphisellus
Medford, (~15 miles east of Philadelphia, PA) Burlington County, New Jersey, USA
July 11, 2006
Size: ~2.8mm
entire midline area between the coxa raised into broad flat surface, growing wider the further aft you go. Difficult to see from this photo, but hind coxa processes extended laterally to long sharp points.

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Noteridae - Suphisellus Noteridae - Burrowing Water Beetle - Suphisellus Dytiscidae? - no, Noteridae - Suphisellus


THIS IS NOT A DYTISCID!!!! Please place in Noteridae

This is a Suphisellus, and is probably S. bicolor, although the elytral punctation makes me think S. gibbulus. Would need to see genitalia to be confirmed.

Thanks for taking a look at these. If you look up top at the placement, I think you'll find that it currently is placed in Noteridae vs. Dytiscid. The title under photo which states "Dytiscid" is from my original posting. I typically never update these titles (feels like erasing the evidence of my past mistakes), but I'll do so for this one to prevent further confusion. And I'll move it back to the genus level. Again, thanks for your time and expertise on these.

It's always a good idea
to update the titles to reflect corrections in ID, and to do this for all images of a specimen (which hasn't yet been done in this case). This will avoid confusion and/or unnecessary "corrections" by other people in the future.

To avoid "erasing the evidence of past mistakes" you could add a note to the body of the message saying something like "originally IDed as such-and-such" which would also benefit anyone who might have made the same mistake. It would also be helpful to add this kind of info to the appropriate Guide page(s) for future reference.

On a different topic, what does "Midlantic" mean on this page?

changes made
hopefully no one is confused anymore.

"Midlantic" is an unofficial fast-type of "Mid-Atlantic", one of the nine or so geographic regions of the US. I've updated that one also.


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