- Compiled by Mike Quinn
of Monahans Sandhills Texas
Many of these
species are psammophilous or sand adapted.
Some are endemic to the region.
Most were photographed or collected in Ward County.
Specimens curated in the University of Texas Insect Collection
Thumbnails link to BugGuide.Net
Carabidae - Ground Beetles
Staphylinidae - Rove Beetles
Lucanidae - Stag Beetles
- Enigmatic Scarab Beetles=
- Earth-Boring Dung Beetles
Ochodaeidae - Sand-loving
- Scarab Beetles
Buprestidae - Metallic Wood-boring Beetles =
- Click Beetles
Lampyridae - Fireflies
Cleridae - Checkered Beetles
- Darkling Beetles
Meloidae - Blister Beetles
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Cerambycidae - Longhorned Beetles
- Leaf Beetles
Curculionidae - Weevils
Beetles endemic to the Monahans
Sandhills region include:
Description of region, plus list of endemic species per Paulsen
& Smith (2005)
The Monahans Sandhills is a belt of active and vegetated dunes
approximately 110 km long and 32 km wide on the Pecos Plain running
from extreme southeastern New Mexico to Crane County, Texas, in the
south. The sandhills are a recent geologic feature formed within the
last 12,000 years as the region became more arid (currently ~30 cm/yr
precipitation) and windblown sands accumulated (Machenberg 1984). Monahans
Sandhills State Park
is situated near the middle of the dunes
system in Winkler and Ward counties, Texas. Though the sandhills are
relatively young, they are home to a variety of endemic psammophilous
(sand-loving) plants and animals.
Paulsen and Smith - INFO
Hardy - INFO
Hardy - INFO
Potts - INFO
Hovore - INFO
Turnbow - INFO
O’Brien - INFO
Note: Collecting insects in Monahans
Sandhills State Park requires a permit.
Hardy, A.R. & F.G. Andrews. 1978. Studies in the Coleoptera of
western sand dunes. 1. Five new species of Polyphylla Harris. The
Pan-Pacific Entomologist 54(l): l-8.
Hovore, F.T. 1981. Two new species of Prionus
(Homaesthesis) from the southwestern United States, with notes on
other species. The Coleopterists Bulletin 35(4): 453-457.
F.T. & R.H. Turnbow, Jr. 1984. A new species of Prionus (Homaesthesis) from the Monahan Sandhills
of western Texas. Entomol. News, 95(1): 1-4, 4 figs.
Longing, S., S. Discua and J. Cokendolpher. 2014. Surveys and
Habitat Assessment of Endemic Insects at the Monahans Dune System Final
Report Prepared for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Texas Tech
University, Lubbock. 38 pp. [Full PDF]
Machenberg, M.D. 1984. Geology of Monahans Sandhills State
Park, Texas. Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas, Austin,
TX. 39 pp.
Nelson, G.H. and R.L. Westcott. 1991. Review of the pulchellus group of Agrilus with descriptions of new species (Coleoptera: Buprestidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin, 45(2): 121-142.
O'Brien, C.W. 1977. Trigonoscutoides
texanus (New Genus, New Species) from Texas Sand Dunes
(Tanymecinae: Curculionidae: Coleoptera). The Coleopterists Bulletin
Paulsen, M.J. & 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. [Full
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