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Red-banded Bassar

Bassareus mammifer (Newman)

Family Chrysomelidae, Subfamily Cryptocephalinae, Tribe Cryptocephalini


(Note long, slender antennae)

Duluth, Fulton County, Georgia
August 10, 2004 (Troy Bartlett)

Texas County Records for Bassareus mammifer

County Record Data from E.G. Riley, Dec. 2005

State Records for Bassareus mammifer

State Record Data per Riley et al, 2003

Range: Eastern North America (Riley et al. 2003)

Adult Activity: June through August in Ohio (Hughes 1940)

Hosts: Polyphagous, reported from 11 plant families (Clark et al. 2004), but of no great economic importance (Edwards 1949).

ID Note: Chrysomelids with long, slender antennae belong to Cryptocephalinae, however, not all Cryptocephalinae have such antennae (Edwards 1949).

Similar Species

There are eight species and many varieties north of Mexico occurring in the eastern half of the US and adjacent Canada (Arnett et al. 2002, Riley et al. 2003).

Texas Taxa: (Riley et al. 2003)

Bassareus areolatus (Suffrian)
Bassareus brunnipes
Bassareus clathratus
Bassareus lituratus recurvus
Bassareus mammifer

Etymology: Bassar. (G). A fox (Borror 1960)


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. 861 pp.

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

Clark, S.M., D.G. LeDoux, T.N. Seeno, E.G. Riley, A.J. Gilbert & J.M. Sullivan. 2004. Host plants of leaf beetle species occurring in the United States and Canada (Coleoptera: Megalopodidae, Orsodacnidae, Chrysomelidae exclusive of Bruchinae). Coleopterists Society, Special Publication no. 2, 476 pp.

Downie, N.M., & Arnett, R.H., Jr. 1996. The beetles of northeastern North America, Volume II: Polyphaga, Superfamily Bostrichoidea thru Curculionoidea. The Sandhill Crane Press, Gainesville. 

Edwards, J.G. 1949. Coleoptera or Beetles East of the Great Plains. Edwards Brothers, Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan. 181 pp.

Hughes, J.L. 1940. List of Chrysomelidae (Coleoptera) Known to Occur in Ohio. Paper from the Department of Zoology, Ohio University, 44(14):129-142.

Lacayo, M.L., Konstantinov, A.S. 2004. Morphology of the prothorax and procoxa in the New World Cryptocephalini (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cryptocephalinae). Zootaxa. 676:1-46

LeConte, J.L. 1880. Short Studies of North American Coleoptera. Transactions of the Entomological Society of America, 8: 163-218. 

Riley, E.G., S.M. Clark, & T.N. Seeno. 2003. Catalog of the leaf beetles of America north of Mexico (Coleoptera: Megalopodidae, Orsodacnidae and Chrysomelidae, excluding Bruchinae). Coleopterists Society, Special Publication no. 1, 290 pp.

22 Jan 2006   Mike Quinn / mike.quinn@tpwd.state.tx.us / Texas Entomology / Texas Beetle Information