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Tonkinoscaris excisicollis
Scientific classification

Banninger, 1956
T. excisicollis
Binomial name
Tonkinoscaris excisicollis
Banninger, 1956

Tonkinoscaris excisicollis is a species of beetle in the family Carabidae, the only species in the genus Tonkinoscaris. [1]

Beetle Order of insects

Beetles are a group of insects that form the order Coleoptera, in the superorder Endopterygota. Their front pair of wings are hardened into wing-cases, elytra, distinguishing them from most other insects. The Coleoptera, with about 400,000 species, is the largest of all orders, constituting almost 40% of described insects and 25% of all known animal life-forms; new species are discovered frequently. The largest of all families, the Curculionidae (weevils) with some 83,000 member species, belongs to this order. Found in almost every habitat except the sea and the polar regions, they interact with their ecosystems in several ways: beetles often feed on plants and fungi, break down animal and plant debris, and eat other invertebrates. Some species are serious agricultural pests, such as the Colorado potato beetle, while others such as Coccinellidae eat aphids, scale insects, thrips, and other plant-sucking insects that damage crops.

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Rhysodidae family of insects

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<i>Amara</i> (genus) Genus of beetles

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Adephaga Suborder of beetles

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Trachypachidae family of insects

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<i>Calathus</i> (beetle) Genus of beetles

Calathus is a genus of ground beetle native to the Palearctic, the Near East and North Africa. There are at least 190 described species in Calathus.

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<i>Calosoma</i> Genus of beetles

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<i>Bembidion</i> Genus of beetles

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Ant nest beetle Subfamily of beetles

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<i>Nebria</i> Genus of beetles

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<i>Clivina</i> Genus of beetles

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<i>Chlaenius</i> Genus of beetles

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<i>Platynus</i> Genus of beetles

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<i>Omoglymmius</i> Genus of beetles

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  1. "Tonkinoscaris Banninger, 1956". Carabidae of the World. 2011. Retrieved 20 Apr 2012.