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Amphizoa lecontei Matthews 1872



Type specimens

Lectotype designated by Kavanaugh (1980); male in British Museum of Natural History. Type locality: Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Kavanaugh (1986) notes, however, that he had seen no specimens from the island nor from any adjacent coastal mainland. Since the supposed type locality is well outside the known geographical range of the species, he raised the probability that the lectotype is mislabeled and that the type locality should be emended.



Amphizoa lecontei Matthews 1872

  • Amphizoa planata Van Dyke 1927a (synonymized by Van Dyke 1927b)
  • Amphizoa carinata Edwards 1951 (synonymized by Kavanaugh 1986)



Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon Territory; United States: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming. Vancouver Island, British Columbia, is given as the collecting locality both in Matthew's original description and on labels affixed to the specimens.


Literature Cited

Edwards, J. G.

  • 1951. Amphizoidae (Coleoptera) of the world. Wasmann J. Biol. 8:303-332.


Kavanaugh, D. H.

  • 1980. On type specimens of Amphizoa LeConte (Coleoptera: Amphizoidae). Pan-Pacific Entomol. 56(4):289-292.


  • 1986. A systematic review of amphizoid beetles (Amphizoidae: Coleoptera) and their phylogenetic relationships to other Adephaga. Proc. California Acad. Sci. 44(6):67-109.


Matthews, A.

  • 1872. Descriptions of two new species of Amphizoa discovered in Vancouver's Island by Mr. Joseph Beauchamp Matthews. Cist. Entomol. 1:119-122.


Van Dyke, E. C.

  • 1927a.A new species of Amphizoa (Coleoptera). Pan-Pacific Entomol. 3:97-98


  • 1927b.The species of Amphizoa (coleoptera). Pan-Pacific Entomol. 3:197-198.

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