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For the United States & Canada

Family Cerophytidae - Rare Click Beetles

Rare click beetle - Cerophytum pulsator - female Cerophytum convexicolle - female Cerophytum convexicolle - female Cerophytum convexicolle LeConte - Cerophytum convexicolle - female Cerophytum pulsator (Haldeman) - Cerophytum pulsator - male C. pulsator? - Cerophytum pulsator - male Cerophytum pulsator Cerophytum pulsator (Haldeman)  - Cerophytum pulsator - male
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 Elateriformia)
Superfamily Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Cerophytidae (Rare Click Beetles)
Explanation of Names
Cerophytidae Latreille 1834
2 spp. in a single genus in our area(1), ~20 spp. in 3 genera total(2)
Americas and Europe; in our area, e. US and the Pacific (OR-CA)(1)
lowland and mid-elevation forests; associated with deciduous trees, sometimes found in leaf litter or under ground debris(1)
apparently feed on laminated rotten xylem(1)
adults jump like click beetles; usually netted in flight of taken by traps; come to lights(1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.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.
2.Order Coleoptera Linnaeus, 1758. In: Zhang Z.-Q. (ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification...
Ślipiński S.A., Leschen R.A.B., Lawrence J.F. 2011. Zootaxa 3148: 203–208.
3.Lawrence J.F., et al. (2000-2005) Elateriformia (Coleoptera): descriptions, illustrations, identification...