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Clinidium (Clinidium s. str.)

Ross T. Bell
Containing group: Clinidium


Clinidium s. str. is the largest subgenus with 48 species found in the Andean region of South America, with a few species in Amazonia but none in coastal or southern Brazil. This group is also found in the Greater and Lesser Antilles and in Central America north of Guatemala.


The antennal stylet is relatively large. Tufts of minor setae are on antennal segments IV-X, V-X, VI-X, VII-X, or else entirely absent. There are 1-4 temporal setae. The eye is very narrowly crescentic in most species. In a few it is bilobed or divided into anterior and posterior ocellus-like portions. In one species it is large and hemispherical.

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Clinidium (Clinidium s. str.) moldenkei. (A) Dorsal aspect of head and pronotum. (B) Lateral aspect of head. Modified from Bell and Bell (1985). Copyright © 1985 Ross T. Bell and Joyce R. Bell.

The marginal groove of the pronotum is single. The pronotum has an angular seta and one or more marginals. Some species also have discal or basal setae. The elytral striation is reduced, and the marginal stria is fourth or fifth from the suture. The inner intervals are flat to convex but never carinate. The elytral setae are numerous in most species. The base of the anterior tarsus is opposite of the cleaning organ.


Bell, R. T. and J. R. Bell. 1985. Rhysodini of the World Part IV. Revisions of Rhyzodiastes and Clinidium, with new species in other genera (Coleoptera: Carabidae or Rhysodidae). Quaestiones Entomologicae 21(1): 1-172.

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