Tenebrionids are often the most conspicuous part of the invertebrate fauna in the world’s deserts. Indeed, any visitor to the western United States or Mexico is likely to have encountered specimens from the widespread genus Eleodes Eschscholtz, which are commonly known as stink beetles, circus beetles, or pinacate beetles (from the Nahuatl word, pinacatl meaning “black beetle”). One may expect that such large (specimens are general 10-55mm in length) commonly encountered beetles would be well known and easily identified. However, nearly 200 species of Eleodes are currently recognized as valid, with even more awaiting discovery, and many species can easily be confused with each other. This, along with a high degree of phenotypic plasticity, has led to a profusion of taxonomic names (~395) within the genus. The following taxonomic list, primarily assembled by Dr. Rolf Aalbu, contains all of the currently valid species names. The addition synonyms and taxon names histories is ongoing and should be completed soon.
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