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Genus Nicagus

Nicagus occultus Paulsen & Smith - Nicagus occultus mud covered scarab  - Nicagus obscurus mud covered scarab  - Nicagus obscurus Beetle - Nicagus obscurus - male Beetle - Nicagus obscurus - male small scarab? - Nicagus obscurus Arden Beetle - Nicagus obscurus Arden Beetle - Nicagus obscurus
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)
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea (Scarab, Stag and Bess Beetles)
Family Lucanidae (Stag Beetles)
Subfamily Aesalinae
Genus Nicagus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Nicagus LeConte 1861; our only representative of the subfamily Aesalinae(1)
Numbers
3 spp. in the genus, 2 in our area, 1 in Japan (1)
Size
6-7 mm
Identification
location provides the easiest tip: specimens from TX sand dunes are N. occultus; otherwise, it's N. obscurus
Range
N. obscurus e. NA; N. occultus TX(1)
Print References
Paulsen, M.J. and A.D. Smith (2005) A new species of stag beetle from sand dunes in west Texas, and a synopsis of the genus Nicagus (Coleoptera: Lucanidae: Aesalinae: Nicagini). Zootaxa. 1050: 45-60. (download PDF)
Katovich, K. and N. L. Kriska (2002) Description of the larva of Nicagus obscurus (LeConte) (Coleoptera: Lucanidae: Nicaginae), with comments on its position in Lucanidae and notes on the larval and adult habitat. Coleopterists Bulletin 56(2): 253-258.