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Genus Phalacrus

Tiny Black Beetle - Phalacrus Phalacrus Phalacridae - Phalacrus Beetle - Phalacrus Shining Flower Beetles - Phalacrus Mystery beetle - Phalacrus Sphaeridiinae? - Phalacrus Scymnus sp? - Phalacrus
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 Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark and Fungus Beetles)
No Taxon (Cucujid series)
Family Phalacridae (Shining Flower Beetles)
No Taxon (Phalacrus-group)
Genus Phalacrus
Explanation of Names
Phalacrus Paykull 1800
Greek φαλακρος = 'bald'
Numbers
25 spp. in our area, ~100 worldwide(1)
Size
1.4–4.5 mm(2)
Identification
Note large scutellum, single elytral stria, robust tarsi, lengthened terminal antennomere, and pitch-black color --Matt Gimmel, 13.ix.2010
Range
worldwide, incl. most of our area(3)(2) (in the New World, Alaska to Argentina)(1)
Food
highly specialized feeders on smut fungi (Ustilaginales) and rust fungi (Pucciniales)(1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Genus-level revision of the family Phalacridae (Coleoptera: Cucujoidea)
Gimmel M. 2013. Zootaxa 3605: 1–147.
2.Gimmel M. 2012. Phalacridae (Coleoptera) taxonomic database [temporary name]
3.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.