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Genus Epierus

underbark hister beetle - Epierus pulicarius Histerid - Epierus regularis Histerid - Epierus Another small Histerid - Epierus Epierus? - Epierus Epierus? - Epierus Clown Beetle? - Epierus Weird little square headed beetle - Epierus
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 Staphyliniformia)
Superfamily Hydrophiloidea (Water Scavenger and Clown Beetles)
Family Histeridae (Clown Beetles)
Subfamily Tribalinae
Genus Epierus
Explanation of Names
Epierus Erichson 1834
Numbers
11 spp. in our area(1), close to 50 worldwide
Range
E. pulicarius widespread in e. NA, other spp. in so./sw. US(1)
Habitat
typically in decaying wood of dead trunks or in tree cavities(1)
Food
adults feed on fungal spores (unlike most histerids, which are predators)(2)