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With 14 extant species (see table), the genus Tenomerga is the largest among Cupedidae and Archostemata in general. Species of this genus are found in North America (T. cinerea) and South Africa (T. leucophaea) but most species occur in the south-east Asiatic area.
The species of Tenomerga are characterised by short, compact heads with usually distinct posterior dorsal head tubercles. The different species can grow in total length from 7mm up to ca. 20mm.
Currently known species of Tenomerga
|Tenomerga||Junior synonyms||Distribution||Total length, ca. [mm]||Total width, ca. [mm]||Length/width ratio, ca.||Larvae|
|anguliscutis (Kolbe, 1886)||Cupes anguliscutis Kolbe, 1886 |
Cupes formosanus Tamanuki, 1928
|Korea; Vietnam; Laos; eastern China (Mandshuria); Taiwan||10 to 12.4||2.7 to 3.6||3.7||unkown|
|cinerea (Say, 1831)|| Cupes cinereus Say, 1831 |
Cupes concolor Westwood, 1835
Cupes trilineatus Melsheimer, 1845
Cupes oculatus Casey, 1897
|eastern North America (USA; Canada)||7.5 to 14||1.7 to 3.6||4||one instar and pupa studied by Snyder (1913) and Grebennikov (2004), larvae live in wood of broad-leafed plants infested by the fungus Daedalea quercina (Snyder 1913, 1956)|
|favella Neboiss, 1984||Borneo||9.7||2.1||4.6||unknown|
|gaolingziensis Ge & Yang, 2004||eastern China||10.8||2.1||5.1||unknown|
|japonica (Tamanuki, 1928)||Cupes japonicus Tamanuki, 1928||Japan, Honshu; possibly also in China (ref. Vulcano & Pereira 1975 and specimen in collection of BMNH)||9 to 14||2.3 to 3.9||3.7||unknown|
|kapnodes Neboiss, 1984||eastern part of New Guinea||8 to 9||2 to 2.3||4||unknown|
|kurosawai Miyatake, 1986||Japan, probably endemic on the island of Yaku-shima, near the southern coast of Kyushu||12.5 to 15||3.2 to 4||3.8||unknown|
|leucophaea (Newman, 1839)||Cupes leucophaea Newman, 1839 |
Cupes capensis Kolbe, 1897
|South Africa (southern and south-eastern coasts)||15.7 to 20||4 to 4.6||4||unknown|
|moultoni (Gestro, 1910)||Cupes moultoni Gestro, 1910||Borneo; Philippines (Mindanao)||7 to 9.7||2 to 2.3||4.1||unknown|
|mucida (Chevrolat, 1829)|| |
Cupes mucidus Chevrolat, 1829
|Japan, eastern coasts of Russia (south-east Siberia) to southern coasts of China; Phillipines; Hawaii (probably introduced)||10 to 14.5||2.8 to 4.5||3.6||two instars & pupa studied by Fukuda (1938, 1939, 1941) and Grebennikov (2004)|
|sibyllae (Klapperich, 1950)||Cupes sibyllae Klapperich, 1950||south-east China||10.9 to 12.4||2.9 to 3.4||3.6||unknown|
|tianmuensis Ge & Yang, 2004||eastern China||12.3||2.8||4.4||unknown|
|trabecula Neboiss, 1984||eastern China; Taiwan||10 to 13.2||2.5 to 3.4||4||unknown|
|yamato Miyatake, 1985||Japan, Kyushu||9.5 to 11||2.4 to 2.8||3.8||unknown|
The phylogenetic relationships of the species of Tenomerga were analysed by Hörnschemeyer (2009). An interesting result of this analysis is the postulation of a close relationship of T. leucophaea with Cupes capitatus and Rhipsideigma, rendering Tenomerga in ist current designation non-monophyletic. Such a relationship becomes plausible when Tenomerga fossils from Europe are taken into account. Motschulsky 1856, Peyerimhoff 1909, Gersdorf 1976, Tröster 1993, Wedmann 200 and Wappler 2003 described compression and amber fossils of Eocene to Pleistocene age from Europe that closely resemble C. capitatus as well as T. leucophaea in their character composition.
Otherwise the species of Tenomerga are grouped in two clades, one comprising the North American T. cinerea and the eastern Asiatic species (see cladogram), the second clade contains T. favella, T. kapnodes and T. moultoni.
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Tröster, G. 1993. Two new Middle European species of the genus Tenomerga Neboiss 1983 from the Middle Eocene of Grube Messel and the Eckfelder Maar (Coleoptera: Archostemmata[sic]:Cupedidae). Mainzer naturwiss. Archiv. 31:S169-176.
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