Classification in Latin and English

       The Upis ceramboides's common name is the Roughened Darkling Beetle, or also referred to as the Roughened Darkening Beetle. The common name comes from the black elytra which serves as protection for the hind wings (used for flying) which lay underneath.


     Domain: Eukarya                                            Domain: Eukaryote

Kingdom: Animalia                                           Kingdom: Animal
    Phylum: Arthropoda                                        Phylum: Jointed Legged

        Class: Insecta                                                    Class: Insects

            Order: Coleoptera                                               Order: Beetles

                Family: Tenebrionidae                                        Family: Darkling Beetles

                    Genus: Upis                                                           

                        Species: ceramboides  
 Scientific Name: Upis ceramboides    

Eukarya: contain membrane bound organelles and a nucleus inside a nucleic envelope. Genetic material is enclosed in chromosomal DNA inside the nucleus.

Animalia: members of this taxa include multi-cellular organisms with a organ-system level of organization. Organisms survive by aerobic respiration, which food is converted into ATP. Members of the Anamilia Kingdom reproduce sexually where a sperm and an egg fertilize to form a zygote. The ability of movement is also a distinguishing characteristics of the Kingdom Anamilia (Kingdom Animalia 2003).

Arthropoda: creatures of the Anthropoda phylum have segmented bodies with pair appendages. Bilateral symmetry is observed among this phylum. The exoskeleton is made out of chitin and also poses a true coelom (eucoelomate).   These creatures contain an open circulatory system with a tubular dorsal blood vessel.

Insecta: the most diverse group of animals. These animals tend to have small bodies with three pairs of legs and two pairs of wings. All experience metamorphosis during their life time. Also insects have complex mouthparts and eyes (Myers 2001).

Coleoptera: the largest group in the world among the insects. Beetles have elytra for protection of the hind wings. The antenna is segmented in 11 parts typically and mouthparts are capable of chewing.

Tenebrionidae: these beetles are typically dark brown black, but a couple are red. Their eyes are complex and notched. The larvae of the Tenebriodidae are hard-boiled, cylindrical shaped larvae also known as "false wireworms/mealworms." Most have chemical defense mechanisms against predators.

Upis: this genus was discovered by Fabricius in 1792 (Coleoptera Poloniae 2012).

ceramboides: the Greek word ceram- refers to clay, and the root word -oid refers to like. The term ceramboides means "clay like," referring to the tough exoskeleton (Borror 1960). This beetle is also known as the Darkening beetle or the Roughened Darkling beetle. It was discovered by Linnaeus in 1758 (Coleoptera Poloniae 2012).




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