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Weird Darkling Beetle

Apocrypha sp.

Description:

Brown ant-like beetle with punctate elytra and thorax and covered in a sparse, fine, straight pubescence. The head was more hairy. 7mm in length. Family Tenebrionidae. This beetle looks much more like an ant-like flower beetle of the Family Anthicidae, however Apocrypha is still in the Tenebrionidae (although both families are in the superfamily Tenebrionoidea). It has been called a "weird Teneb" and "a surreal anthicomorph tenebrionid", which is just how I see it!

Habitat:

This beetle was running about on the ground at night. Semi-rural residential area, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, 2,200 meters.

Notes:

https://bugguide.net/node/view/247262 https://www.zin.ru/animalia/coleoptera/r... https://bugguide.net/node/view/496079 https://www.naturalista.mx/taxa/491897-A... https://bugguide.net/node/view/247263 https://bugguide.net/node/view/878894 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthicidae...

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2 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 weeks ago

What a little sneak. Nice job on the legs. Needs to develop an elbow in the antennae. Is it evolving a petiole? ;-)

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 2 weeks ago

Great series Lauren! Very cool beetle. Thank you for sharing :) Liana

San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Mexico

Lat: 16.71, Long: -92.61

Spotted on Apr 28, 2019
Submitted on Apr 30, 2019

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