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Genus Plegaderus

Clown beetle - Plegaderus Clown beetle - Plegaderus Microbeetle+Buddy - Plegaderus unknown beetle - Plegaderus unknown beetle - Plegaderus Plegaderus (s.str.) transversus (Say 1825) - Plegaderus transversus Plegaderus sp., lateral - Plegaderus Histerid - Plegaderus
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 Staphyliniformia)
Superfamily Hydrophiloidea (Water Scavenger and Clown Beetles)
Family Histeridae (Clown Beetles)
Subfamily Abraeinae
Tribe Abraeini
Genus Plegaderus
Explanation of Names
Plegaderus Erichson 1834
14 spp. in our area(1) (only 2 in the Northeast); 28 spp. worldwide
some under bark (often in bark beetle galleries, esp. on pine)
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume I: Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia
Arnett, R.H., Jr., and M. C. Thomas. (eds.). 2000. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.