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Genus Bacanius

New smallest beetle! - Bacanius punctiformis New smallest beetle! - Bacanius punctiformis Histerid - Bacanius tantillus Histerid - Bacanius punctiformis Bacanius punctiformis Bacanius (s.str.) tantillus J.L. LeConte 1853 - Bacanius tantillus Minute Hister - Bacanius Bacanius tantillus
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 Dendrophilinae
Tribe Bacaniini
Genus Bacanius
Explanation of Names
Bacanius J.L. LeConte 1853
7 spp. in 2 subgenera in our area(1), 90 spp. in 6 subgenera worldwide
in NA, e. US + ON and the Pacific states(1)
leaf litter, decaying wood(1)
purportedly, fungal spores (unlike most histerids, which are predators) (Kovarik & Caterino 2005)(2)