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Palm Grove Anobiid

Trichodesma pulchella Schaeffer

Family Anobiidae, Subfamily Anobiinae, Tribe Nicobiini


 

Palm Grove Anobiid - Trichodesma sordida Horn 1894

 

TX Cameron Co.
Sabal Palm Grove
VI-3-1984
Coll. J. Jackman

Specimen curated in the TAMUIC


Range: Not known from outside of the Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas area

Flight Period: June to August

Type Specimen: Trichodesma puchella Schaeffer - Harvard Museum Comparative Zoology

Similar Species: 10 species north of Mexico. Texas spp. include:

Trichodesma gibbosa Say 1825
Trichodesma pulchella
Schaeffer 1903
Trichodesma sordida Horn 1894
Trichodesma texana Schaeffer 1903 

Taxonomy:

Trichodesma is also an Old World plant genus comprising some 40 species in the family Boraginaceae:
(Note: the rules of scientific nomenclature allow for plant species and animal species to share the same genus)

Etymology: Trichodesma pulchella Schaeffer 1903

trich, -o (G). Hair
desm, -a (G). A band
pulch, -e (L). Beautiful


References:

Arnett, R.H., Jr., M.C. Thomas, P.E. Skelley & J.H. Frank. (editors). 2002. American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL. xiv + 861 pp.

Borror, D.J. 1960. Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms. National Press Books, Palo Alto. v + 134 pp.

Calvert, P.P. 1898. A biographical notice of George Henry Horn. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 1898: i-xxiv.

Fall, H.C. 1905. Revision of the Ptinidae of Boreal America. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 31(2-3): 97-296.

Henshaw, S. 1898. The entomological writings of George Henry Horn. Transactions of the American Entomological Society 25: 25-72.

LeConte, J.L. 1861. Classification of the Coleoptera of North America. Prepared for the Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, 136: 1-208.

Schaeffer, C.F.A. 1903. Two new Ptinidae. Canadian Entomologist, 35(9): 263-264. Full Text

White, R.E. 1981. Three new species of Anobiidae from southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico (Coleoptera). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 83(3): 472-278.

White, R.E. 1982. A catalog of the Coleoptera of America north of Mexico. Family: Anobiidae. United States Department of Agriculture Handbook no. 529-70: xi + 58 pp.


08 June 2008   Mike Quinn / Texas Entomology / Texas Beetle Information