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Palm Grove Anobiid

Trichodesma pulchella Schaeffer

Family Anobiidae, Subfamily Anobiinae, Tribe Nicobiini


Palm Grove Anobiid - Trichodesma sordida Horn 1894


TX Cameron Co.
Sabal Palm Grove
Coll. J. Jackman

Specimen curated in the TAMUIC

Range: Not known from outside of the Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas area

Flight Period: June to August

Type Specimen: Trichodesma puchella Schaeffer - Harvard Museum Comparative Zoology

Similar Species: 10 species north of Mexico. Texas spp. include:

Trichodesma gibbosa Say 1825
Trichodesma pulchella
Schaeffer 1903
Trichodesma sordida Horn 1894
Trichodesma texana Schaeffer 1903 


Trichodesma is also an Old World plant genus comprising some 40 species in the family Boraginaceae:
(Note: the rules of scientific nomenclature allow for plant species and animal species to share the same genus)

Etymology: Trichodesma pulchella Schaeffer 1903

trich, -o (G). Hair
desm, -a (G). A band
pulch, -e (L). Beautiful


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08 June 2008   Mike Quinn / Texas Entomology / Texas Beetle Information