Darkling Beetle from the Canary Islands

Small beetle on Lanzarote
February 14, 2010
Hello,
in our holidays we found on Lanzarote a beetle which is lighter blue with black stripes. It may be about one cm long (unfortunately I didn’t measure it). This specimen crawled not far away from the coast on the ground between the lava stones (harbour region of Arrecife).
I would be pleased, if you could tell me, which species it is.
Greetings, Heidrun Terasa
Near Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Darkling Beetle from the Canary Islands

Dear Heidrun,
Our initial attempts to identify your beetle have proven fruitless.  We are posting the image and we hope one of our readers will be able to assist in its identification.

Karl figures it out
I can’t be certain but I think this a Darkling Beetle (Tenebrionidae) in the genus Pimelia. There are approximately a dozen species in the Canary Islands. Most or all of them are endemic and many occur on only a few or even one island. The only species that occurs on Lanzarote is P. lutaria. I could find no online photos, but P. lutaria is described as being covered with short ash colored hairs, which give it a “muddy” appearance. Perhaps this could also appear blueish under certain light conditions. Apparently many of the Pimelia species on the islands are considered to be under threat or even endangered, but P. lutaria is still abundant throughout Lanzarote. If you care to download a pdf file (in Spanish) the second link below takes you to a fact sheet for P. fernandezlopezi, a very similar looking beetle that occurs only on the island of La Gomera. Regards.
http://www.gobiernodecanarias.org/cmayot/medioambiente/centrodocumentacion/publicaciones/revista/2000/19/250/
http://carn.ua.es/CIBIO/es/lrie/fichas/Pimelia%20fernandezlopezi.pdf

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  1. I can’t be certain but I think this a Darkling Beetle (Tenebrionidae) in the genus Pimelia. There are approximately a dozen species in the Canary Islands. Most or all of them are endemic and many occur on only a few or even one island. The only species that occurs on Lanzarote is P. lutaria. I could find no online photos, but P. lutaria is described as being covered with short ash colored hairs, which give it a “muddy” appearance. Perhaps this could also appear blueish under certain light conditions. Apparently many of the Pimelia species on the islands are considered to be under threat or even endangered, but P. lutaria is still abundant throughout Lanzarote. If you care to download a pdf file (in Spanish) the second link below takes you to a fact sheet for P. fernandezlopezi, a very similar looking beetle that occurs only on the island of La Gomera. Regards.

    http://www.gobiernodecanarias.org/cmayot/medioambiente/centrodocumentacion/publicaciones/revista/2000/19/250/

    http://carn.ua.es/CIBIO/es/lrie/fichas/Pimelia%20fernandezlopezi.pdf

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