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Genus Cryptophagus

Cryptophagus - Cryptophagus pseudodentatus Silken Fungus Beetle - Cryptophagus Beetle 14-16 - Cryptophagus Beetle 14-16 - Cryptophagus Staphylinidae? - Cryptophagus difficilis cryptophagid? - Cryptophagus lapponicus Cucujoidea - Cryptophagus cf-histricus Crypto-something sp. - Cryptophagus
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 Cryptophagidae (Silken Fungus Beetles)
Subfamily Cryptophaginae
Tribe Cryptophagini
Genus Cryptophagus
Explanation of Names
Cryptophagus Herbst 1792
30 spp. in our area (several adventive)(1), 10 in Atlantic Canada(2)
largest genus in the subfamily
a simple key to ne. spp. in(2)
a key to spp. found in stored products in(3)
key to NA spp. in(4)
images of many widespread adventive spp. here
worldwide and throughout NA(1); many spp. easily spread by commerce
decaying plant matter; many spp. (12 in Canada alone(3)) in stored grain/grain products, dried fruit, etc.
tarsi sexually dimorphic, ♀♀ 5-5-5, ♂♂ 5-5-4
Internet References
Fact sheets: C. cellaris(5)
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.Contributions towards an understanding of the Cryptophaginae (Coleoptera: Cryptophagidae) of Atlantic Canada
Majka C.G., Langor D. 2010. ZooKeys 35: 13-35.
3.Beetles associated with stored products in Canada: An identification guide
Bousquet Y. 1990. Research Branch Agriculture Canada, Publication 1837.
4.A revision of the North American Cryptophagus Herbst (Coleoptera: Cryptophagidae)
Woodroffe, G.E. & Coombs C.W. 1961. Miscellaneous Publications of the Entomological Society of America 2: 179–211.
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