Agathidium

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Agathidium
Agathidium mandibulare.jpg
Agathidium mandibulare
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Leiodidae
Subfamily: Leiodinae
Genus: Agathidium
Panzer, 1797[1]
Agathidium varians

Agathidium is a genus of beetles in the family Leiodidae.

A. bushi, A. cheneyi and A. rumsfeldi are species of this genus named after George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, respectively, by two former Cornell entomologists, Kelly B. Miller (now at the University of New Mexico)[2] and Quentin D. Wheeler. According to Miller and Wheeler, the naming of the beetles (which were three of 65 species to be named) was done in homage to the political figures.[3] The same authors named A. vaderi after the fictional Darth Vader.

Some species can roll themselves up into an almost complete sphere, similar to pillbugs. Some males have horns on their left mandibles to dislodge rival males.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Panzer, G. W. F. (1797). Faunae Insectorum Germanicae initia; oder Deutschlands Insecten. Felssecker, Nürnberg, 7(37), 1–24.
  2. ^ Miller Lab of Insect Systematics.
  3. ^ Cornell News: Slime-mold beetle named for Bush.
  4. ^ Atlantic Canada Coleoptera: Agathidium Panzer 1797 and Gelae Miller and Wheeler 2004 (with pictures)
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Miller, K. B. & Wheeler, Q. D. (2005). Slime-mold beetles of the genus Agathidium Panzer in North and Central America, Part II. Coleoptera: Leiodidae. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 291(1), 1–167.
  6. ^ a b c Mannerheim, C. G. (1852). Zweiter Nachtrag zur Käfer-fauna der Nord-Amerikanischen Länder des Russischen Reiches. Bulletin de la Société Impériale des Naturalistes de Moscou, 25, 283–387.
  7. ^ a b c d e Wheeler, Q. D. & Miller, K. B.(2005). Slime-mold beetles of the genus Agathidium Panzer in North and Central America, Part I. Coleoptera: Leiodidae. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 291(1), 1–95.
  8. ^ Wheeler, Q. D. (1987). A new species of Agathidium associated with an "epimycetic" slime mold plasmodium on Pleurotus fungi (Coleoptera: Leiodidae - Myxomycetes: Physarales-Basidiomycetes: Thrichomolomataceae). The Coleopterists' Bulletin, 41(4), 395–403.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Fall, H. C. (1934b). A review of the North American species of Agathidium. Entomologica Americana, 14, 99–131.
  10. ^ Brown, W. J. (1933). New species of Coleoptera. IV. Canadian Entomologist, 65, 43–47.
  11. ^ a b c d Horn, G. H. (1880). Synopsis of the Silphidae of the United States with reference to the genera of other countries. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 8, 219–322.
  12. ^ a b LeConte, J. L. (1850). General remarks upon Coleoptera of Lake Superior. In: Agassiz, L. (Ed.), Lake Superior: its physical character, vegetation and animals (pp. 209–241). Boston: Gould, Kendall and Lincoln.
  13. ^ Melsheimer, F. E. (1844). Descriptions of new species of Coleoptera of the United States. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 2, 98–118.
  14. ^ Hatch, M. H. (1957). The beetles of the Pacific Northwest. Part II. Staphyliniformia. University of Washington Publications in Biology, 16, 1–384.
  15. ^ Wheeler, Q. D. (1977). Placement of Anisotoma fenderi Hatch (Coleoptera: Leiodidae: Agathidiini). Entomological News, 88, 137–138.
  16. ^ Brown, W. J. (1928). New Silphidae and Melyridae in the Canadian National Collection. Canadian Entomologist, 60, 141–148.
  17. ^ Palisot de Beauvois, A. M. F. J. (1817). In Insectes recueillis en Afrique et en Amérique, dans les royaumes d’Oware et de Benin, á Saint-Dominique et dans les États-Unis, pendant les années 1786–1797. Paris: Impr. de Fain et compagnie.
  18. ^ LeConte, J. L. (1866). Additions to the Coleopterous fauna of the United States. No. 1. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 18, 361–394.
  19. ^ LeConte, J. L. (1853). Synopsis of the Silphales of America, North of Mexico. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 6, 274–287.
  20. ^ Fall, H. C. (1901). List of the Coleoptera of southern California, with notes on habits and distribution of new species. Occasional Papers of the California Academy of Sciences, 8, 1–282.

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