Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cercyon praetextatus (Say, 1825)
Sphaeridium praetextatum Say, 1825
Cercyon testaceum Blatchley, 1923
Shining black Cercyon with distinctly delimited pale apex of the elytra.
> 2 mm
Mesosternum narrow, finely punctured.
Metasternum without femoral lines.
Prosternum with simple longitudinal carina.
Pronotum and elytra shining, no microsculpture.
Elytra black with distinctly delimited pale apex.
Stria impressed to apex of elytra.
Vertex of head with pair of small reddish spots, often very obscure and difficult to see.
Widely distributed across USA and into southern parts of Canada. Range extends south to Mexico, Guatemala, and Jamaica. (1)
State/Province Records: (1)(2)
CAN: MB, ON, NS, QC
USA: AL, AR, CA, CT, CO, DC, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WI, WV, WY
Often in wet/damp habitats in various debris, leaf-litter, and decomposing plant matter. Also found on fungi, carrion and dung. (1)
Adults are attracted to lights and malt traps. (1)
A very common species. (1)
An adult from Florida was found to carry mite deutonymphs (Parasitus
sp.) under its elytra. (1)