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Type: Correspondence
Published: 2019-05-13
Page range: 198–200
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The Status of Triorophus punctatus LeConte (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae: Pimeliinae: Edrotini)

Department of Entomology, California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco, CA 94118, USA.
Northern Arizona University Department of Biological Sciences 617 S. Beaver St., Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5640, USA.
Coleoptera Tenebrionidae Pimeliinae Edrotini


While working on a revision of Triorophus LeConte, 1851 we examined type material for the genus. One species, Triorophus punctatus LeConte, 1851 (Figs. 1a–1e), was described from a dead, partial specimen (Type 4475, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University) collected at “Vallecitas,” California in October or November of 1850 (LeConte, 1851). The locality likely refers to Vallecito, a contemporary United States Army depot and stage station (Roberts, 1988) located on the western edge of the Colorado Desert in eastern San Diego County (32.9755°, -116.35°).


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