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Genus Petalium

Beetle - Petalium Beetle - Petalium Anobiinae? - Petalium Petalium alternatum Ford - Petalium alternatum Beetle I - Petalium Unnknown Beetle - Petalium Unknown Beetle - Petalium Anobiinae - Petalium
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)
Superfamily Bostrichoidea (Carpet, Powder-post and Death-watch Beetles)
Family Ptinidae (Death-watch and Spider Beetles)
Subfamily Dorcatominae
Genus Petalium
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
our species revised in(1)
Explanation of Names
Petalium LeConte 1861
the name refers to the metasternal lobe
23 spp. in our area(2)
1.5-4 mm
quite diverse in appearance but easily recognized by:
metasternum anteriourly produced into a +/- semicircular lobe covering procoxae
a pair of small pits on pronotal sides (reduced in a few species)
look different from other Dorcatominae and may be more closely related to Gastrallus & Falsogastrallus (Anobiinae)
mainly neotropical
develop, insofar as known, in dry wood
our only representative of the tribe Petaliini White 1982, that contains a total of 5 genera
Works Cited
1.A revision of the genus Petalium LeConte in the United States, Greater Antilles, and the Bahamas (Coleoptera: Anobiidae)
Ford, E.J. 1973. United States Department of Agriculture Technical Bulletin No. 1467.
2.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.