Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Calendar
Upcoming Events

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Photos of insects and people from the 2011 gathering in Iowa

Photos from the 2010 Workshop in Grinnell, Iowa

Photos from the 2009 gathering in Washington

TaxonomyBrowse
Info
ImagesLinksBooksData

Family Clambidae - Minute Beetles

Minute Beetle - Clambus armadillo Minute Beetle - Clambus armadillo Unknown - Clambus Unknown - Clambus Clambid - Clambus howdeni Clambid - Clambus howdeni Minute Beetle - Clambus howdeni extreme small..
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Scirtoidea (Plate-thigh and Marsh Beetles)
Family Clambidae (Minute Beetles)
Explanation of Names
Clambidae Fischer von Waldheim 1821
Numbers
12 spp. in 3 genera in our area(1); 170 spp. in 6 genera worldwide(2)
Size
0.7-2.0 mm(1)
Identification
minute, oval, convex, most capable of rolling into a ball, with head strongly deflexed. Divided eyes, large metacoxal plate. Most with dense decumbent setae. Tarsi 4-4-4.(1)
Key to northeastern fauna in Majka and Langor (2009)(3)
Habitat
decaying plant material
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.Order Coleoptera Linnaeus, 1758. In: Zhang Z.-Q. (ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification...
Ślipiński S.A., Leschen R.A.B., Lawrence J.F. 2011. Zootaxa 3148: 203–208.
3.Clambidae (Coleoptera) of Atlantic Canada
Majka, C.G. and D.W. Langor. 2009. Journal of the Acadian Entomological Society 5: 32-40.