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Genus Peltis

Ostoma ferruginea - Peltis fraterna Flat beetle under spruce bark - Peltis septentrionalis flat bark-gnawing beetle - Peltis pippingskoeldi Trogossitidae - Peltis fraterna Sap-feeding Beetle? - Peltis pippingskoeldi Peltis pippingskoeldi? - Peltis pippingskoeldi Peltis sp? - Peltis 8036440 Trogositidae ? - Peltis pippingskoeldi
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 Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Cleroidea (Bark-gnawing, Checkered and Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Family Trogossitidae (Bark-gnawing Beetles)
Subfamily Peltinae
Genus Peltis
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ostoma Laicharting 1781
Explanation of Names
Peltis O.F. Müller 1764
'shield'
Numbers
3 spp. in our area, 10 total(1)
Size
5-12 mm
Identification
latest review in(2)
Range
mostly holarctic, also represented in the Old World tropics(1); in our area, transcontinental in the north (to PA-IN-SD) to AZ-CA along the Rockies(3)
Habitat
under bark of dead pine/spruce(2)
Food
Larvae and adults feed on fungi(2)
Remarks
the sole member of the tribe Peltini Kirby 1837(1)
See Also
some Nitidulidae of superficial resemblance
Works Cited
1.Synopsis of the described Coleoptera of the world
2.Review of Nearctic species of Ostoma (Coleoptera: Cleroidea, Trogositidae)
Barron J.R. 1996. Ann. Ent. Soc. Am. 89(2): 193-202.
3.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.