Cremastocheilus canaliculatus

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Cremastocheilus canaliculatus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Scarabaeidae
Subfamily: Cetoniinae
Tribe: Cremastocheilini
Genus: Cremastocheilus
Subgenus: Cremastocheilus
Species: C. canaliculatus
Binomial name
Cremastocheilus canaliculatus
Kirby, 1827

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One of about thirty-five species of myrmecophilous Cremastocheilus. The host ant is Formica schaufussi.

Identification

Body black; mentum deeply concave; anterior angles limited within by deep fovae; apical margin of pronotum inside anterior angles with a rounded notch filled with trichome hairs; posterior angles triangular, tip slightly turned outward, limited by a moderately deep grove; elytra with elongate punctures; spot f tomentum present at each side of elytra behind midpoint.

Distribution

Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, North Carolina, West Virginia.

Habitat

Common host is Formica schaufussi.

Biology

Nomenclature

Type: Massachusetts, no date (D. Drake), one specimen described by Kirby (1827).

  • Cremastocheilus hentzi Harris 1825 Unav.


Description

References

  • Alpert, Gary D. 1994. A Comparative Study of the Symbiotic Relationship Between Beetles of the Genus Cremastocheilus (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) and their Host Ants (Hymenoptera:Formicidae). Sociobiology 25(1).