and additions to Epler's 2010 "Water Beetles of Florida"
(last update 28 December
p. 16.52 - Ora
discoidea Champion has been found in Florida (Collier Co.,
Immokalee); it will key to O. texana but is marked differently.
It can be either mostly tan above or have mostly dark elytra with
a wide pale border, as in the Florida specimen here.
Thanks to Mike Thomas (FSCA) for the photo!
pp. 16.22-16.23 - Scirtes
goliai Epler described, replaces Scirtes
sp. 1. See Epler, J.H. 2012. A new species of Scirtes (Coleoptera: Scirtidae)
from southern Florida and the Caribbean. Zootaxa 3530: 77-82.
pp. 5.38, 18.2, 18.7 -
parentheses removed from author name for Celina grossula - should be Celina grossula LeConte. I had followed
an error in Young (1979) by placing "LeConte" in parentheses. Because
LeConte originally described the species grossula
in the genus Celina, there
are no parentheses around his name.
pp. 3.1, 3.7 - To reiterate about
the spelling of the name of the weevil Auleutes, it's Auleutes, not Aleutes or Auletes.
p. 5.38, 5.39, 5.41 - Celina
slossonae changed back to
its original spelling - call it Celina
slossoni ... again. Note that even though Mutchler
misspelled it as "slossoni"
(which is incorrect; because the species was named for a woman, it
should have been "slossonae"),
Article 33.4 of the ICZN states that such a change is to be termed an
"incorrect subsequent spelling".
p. 5.92 - the captions for the
two beetles are switched; N. p.
pullus is on the left, N. p.
floridanus on the
right! Thanks to Dana Denson (RCID) for catching this!
p. 5.26 - The genus Stictotarsus
is not known from Florida. Because it is recorded from South
Carolina and there is thus a possibility it may occur here, I included
the genus, represented by the widespread taxon S. griseostriatus (De Geer),
in my key to genera of dytiscid adults (p. 5.26) of Florida.
It has long been known that the taxon is notable for its variation and
is most likely a complex of species, especially in Europe. Now this
taxon has been established as a new genus, Boreonectes
(Angus, R.B. 2010. Boreonectes
gen. n., a new genus for the Stictotarsus
griseostriatus (De Geer) group of sibling species (Coleoptera:
Dytiscidae), with additional karyosystematic data on the group.
Comparative Cytogenetics 4: 123-131). Thus, the species’ name is
griseostriatus (De Geer). Given the variability of this
taxon, it is most likely that at least one of the “variants” known from
North America actually represents an undescribed species, so stay
Also note that some other Nearctic Stictotarsus
are now included in Boreonectes.
These are: B. aequinoctialis
(Clark), B. coelamboides
(Fall), B. dolerosus (Leech),
B. expositus (Fall), B. funereus (Crotch), B. panaminti (Fall) (tentative
placement), B. spenceri (Leech)
and B. striatellus (LeConte).
Boreonectes may be separated
from Stictotarsus by
the shining ventral surface of the head behind the eyes, with only
superficial reticulation (closely punctate in Stictotarsus).
p. 1.6 - 2nd column, under
3., line 15 should read “the bulging,
white abdominal venter, ...”
p. 1.8 - Brady Richards (California State University, Chico, CA) was
somehow left off the list of workers who supplied specimens – sorry,
pp. 3.1, 3.7 – Auleutes is
misspelled as “Aleutes”.
p. 5.63 - Couplet 1 has H. deflatus at
3.8 – 4.7mm but the description has it listed as 4.2-4.7mm; go with
p. 5.70 - species box: delete space in “inexpectatus”
p. 6.23 – what are termed “basolateral” triangles in couplet 14 should
be basomesal triangles
p. 16.14 - under Notes – the “fourth form” referred to in line 1
is not “keyed below”; it should read “discussed below”.