Sepidium cristatum, copyright Ottó Merkl.

Belongs within: Tenebrionidae.

The Sepidiini are a group of mostly nocturnal, ground-dwelling beetles found in Africa and south-western Asia. Members of the subtribe Sepidiina bear an anterior process on the pronotum, projecting above the head (Bouchard 2014).

    |  i. s.: PsammophanesB14
    |         SepidiostenusB14
    |         VietomorphaB14
         |    |--V. gracilenta Ancey 1881G89
         |    `--V. tuberculata Sol. 1844G89
              |--S. cristatumL02
              |--S. tricuspidatumG20
              `--S. variegatum (Fabricius 1792)B14

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B14] Bouchard, P. (ed.) 2014. The Book of Beetles: A lifesize guide to six hundred of nature’s gems. Ivy Press: Lewes (United Kingdom).

[G89] Gestro, R. 1889. Viaggio ab Assab nel Mar Rosso dei signori G. Doria ed O. Beccari con il R. Avviso “Esploratore” dal 16 Novembre 1879 al 26 Febbraio 1880.—IV. Coleotteri. Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova, Serie 2a, 7: 5–72.

[G20] Goldfuss, G. A. 1820. Handbuch der Naturgeschichte vol. 3. Handbuch der Zoologie pt 1. Johann Leonhard Schrag: Nürnberg.

[L02] Latreille, P. A. 1802. Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière des crustacés et des insectes vol. 3. Familles naturelles des genres. F. Dufart: Paris.

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