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Genus Psylliodes

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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 Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Galerucinae (Skeletonizing Leaf Beetles and Flea Beetles)
Tribe Alticini (Flea Beetles)
Genus Psylliodes
Explanation of Names
Psylliodes Berthold 1827
13 spp. (incl. 6 adventive) in our area, ~200 total(1); 7 spp. in Canada
antennae 10-segmented; body cylindrical, variably yellow, dark brown or black, sometimes metallic blue or bronze, rarely with red pronotum; pronotum posteriorly narrower than elytral base, without any impressions; elytra oval or elongate, with or without humeral calli; elytral punctures arranged in striae; interspaces flat with small punctures or small transverse wrinkles; hind femora swollen [adapted from (2)]
cosmopolitan (most spp. in the Palaearctic); in NA more diverse in the east, with the adventive spp. primarily restricted to ne. US & adjacent Canada(1)
on plants in woodlands; P. appalachianus is found in leaf litter
Native species need revision. (1)
Print References
Konstantinov A., Tishechkin A. (2004) The first Nearctic leaf litter flea beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Col. Bull. 58: 71-76. (photo)
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.[Online] Guide to Palearctic flea beetle genera, by Alexander S. Konstantinov and Natalia J. Vanderberg