Center for Systematic Entomology, Gainesville, Florida


Date of this Version

September 1994


Insecta Mundi, published by the Center for Systematic Entomology, is available online at Copyright © by Garrido and Gutierrez.


The blind click-beetles are the larger tenebrionids of Cuba. In our territory there are two species described, Zophbas rugipes Kirsch with a wide distribution in other West Indies, Central and South America, and Z. cubanus Marcuzzi, endemic to Cuba. Other authors had exposed the variability of Z. rugipes. We have compared all the available material from Cuban collections and have reached the conclusion that the diagnostic characters exposed for z. cubanus, based on a small series, are not valid. Therefore, we consider this taxon as an individual variation of Z. rugipes, and synonymize Z. cubanus under Z. rugipes.

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