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Species Cercyon quisquilius

Water beetle (3) - Cercyon quisquilius Beetle - Cercyon quisquilius Small beetles at black light - Cercyon quisquilius Cercyon? - Cercyon quisquilius Hydrophilid - Cercyon quisquilius Hydrophilid - Cercyon quisquilius Megasternini - Cercyon quisquilius Sphaeridiinae - Cercyon quisquilius
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 Hydrophilidae (Water Scavenger Beetles)
Subfamily Sphaeridiinae
Tribe Megasternini
Genus Cercyon
No Taxon (Subgenus Cercyon)
Species quisquilius (Cercyon quisquilius)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cercyon quisquilius (Linnaeus 1761)
Orig. Comb: Scarabaeus quisquilius Linnaeus 1761
Explanation of Names
quisquilius - Latin for 'related to refuse/trash' (1)
1.9-2.6 mm (BG data)
Widespread from so. Canada to n. Mexico (2)
Native to (and common across) the Palaearctic, introduced to N. Amer. ca. 1920
Under decaying plant matter and in excrements, esp. those of herbivorous mammals (3)(4)
Apr-Aug (BG data)
Works Cited
1.Composition of scientific words
Brown R.W. 1956. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. 882 pp.
2.Revision of the subfamily Sphaeridiinae of America north of Mexico (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)
Smetana A. 1978. Mem. Ent. Soc. Canada 105: 1–292.
3.Coleoptera Poloniae
4.Occurrence of introduced species of the genus Cercyon (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae) in the Neotropical Region
M. Fikáček. 2009. Rev. Soc. Entomol. Argent. 68: 351-357.