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Genus Cypherotylus - Cypherotylus Crotch, 1873

Erotylidae - Cypherotylus californicus Blue beetle - Cypherotylus californicus unkn beetle? - Cypherotylus californicus blue polka dot beetle - Cypherotylus californicus Pleasing Fungus Beetle - Cypherotylus californicus Gibbifer californicus? - Cypherotylus californicus Beetle larva ~17mm - Cypherotylus californicus Blue Pleasing Fungus Beetle - Cypherotylus californicus
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 Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark and Fungus Beetles)
No Taxon (Erotylid series)
Family Erotylidae (Pleasing Fungus Beetles)
Subfamily Erotylinae (Pleasing Fungus Beetles)
Tribe Erotylini
Genus Cypherotylus (Cypherotylus Crotch, 1873)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Gibbifer. Doug Yanega, Paul Skelley and Floyd Shockley agree that resurrecting this name (Gibbifer) was a mistake; the name is permanently unavailable under ICZN Art. 11.4, as are all the names Voet ever published. It is certainly older than Cypherotylus, but being unavailable, it can never be used.
Explanation of Names
First described in 1778 by Johann Eusebius Voet. From Latin gibbus 'hump' + suffix -fer 'bearing'
A single species in our area, many more in the tropics(1)
distinctive; elytra blue, pink, or lavender (fade to yellow-brown after death)(1)
New World; in our area, sw. US(1)
fungi on dead wood(1)
larvae graze the surface of fungi(1)
Internet References
Catalogus systematicus coleopterorum, v.2, p.62    Voet's original description of the genus (in Latin)
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.