Metopius comptus Cresson, 1879

Taxonomic History / Nomenclature
Metopius (Cultrarius) comptus Cresson, 1879
Diagnosis and Relationships
Lower tooth of mandible entirely absent (Fig. 1). Interantennal process compressed, with median carina dorsally (Figs 2, 4). Facial shield without a median longitudinal carina; ventral section of facial shield very broadly rounded ventrally, with no discernible point (Figs 2, 4). Occipital carina absent ventrally, below level of occipital foramen. Flagellum thick and blunt, the wider flagellomeres 2-3 times as wide as long. Tarsal claws of fore and mid legs with pectination complete, extending to apex of claw (as in Fig. 6). Galea and glossa short and held within the oral cavity. Hind tibia brownish red, paler basally (Fig. 5). Fore and hind wings of uniform coloration.
1.Metopius comptus mandible
2. Metopius comptus face...
3. Metopius comptus propode...
4. Metopius comptus face...
5. Metopius comptus lateral...
6. Metopius comptus tarsal ...
Georgia, South Dakota, Colorado, Texas (Texas record based on TAMU specimens).
No referenced distribution records have been added to the database for this OTU.

There are no specimens currently determined for this OTU, or those specimens determined for this OTU are not yet mappable.

This page was assembled by Bob Wharton and Danielle Restuccia and was supported by the National Science Foundation under PEET grant # DEB 0328922. We thank David Wahl (American Entomological Institute) for extended loans of material used for this study. Images for most of the Nearctic species of Metopius were taken by Aubrey Colvin. Page last updated April, 2014. The material on this page is freely available, but should be acknowledged if used elsewhere.

This material is based upon work at Texas A&M University supported by the National Science Foundation under PEET Grant Number DEB 0328922.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.