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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Species Carcinops pumilio

Histerid - Carcinops pumilio histerid - Carcinops pumilio histerid - Carcinops pumilio histerid - Carcinops pumilio Carcinops (s.str.) pumilio (Erichson 1834) - Carcinops pumilio Tiny hister - Carcinops pumilio Dendrophilus - Carcinops pumilio - male Dendrophilus - Carcinops pumilio - 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 Staphyliniformia)
Superfamily Hydrophiloidea (Water Scavenger and Clown Beetles)
Family Histeridae (Clown Beetles)
Subfamily Dendrophilinae
Tribe Paromalini
Genus Carcinops
Species pumilio (Carcinops pumilio)
Explanation of Names
Carcinops pumilio (Erichson 1834)
2.1-2.6 mm(1)
native to the Old World, probably of tropical origin, now nearly cosmopolitan; adventive and widespread in our area (across Canada, n. US, FL)(2)(3)
wide variety of habitats from dense forests to deserts and urban areas, incl. carrion, dung, bird/mammal nests in tree holes, farm manure(4), often synanthropic, associated with stored products, compost, poultry litter, etc.(2)(5)(3)
earliest record in our area: 1834(2)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Coleoptera species pages developed for the GSMNP project
2.Contributions to the knowledge of Atlantic Canadian Histeridae (Coleoptera)
C.G. Majka. 2008. ZooKeys 2: 189-202.
3.The Beetles of Northeastern North America, Vol. 1 and 2.
Downie, N.M., and R.H. Arnett. 1996. The Sandhill Crane Press, Gainesville, FL.
4.The insects and arachnids of Canada. Part 24. Coleoptera Histeridae
Bousquet Y., Laplante S. 2006. NRC Research press, Ottawa. 485 pp.
5.Handbook of urban insects and arachnids: A handbook of urban entomology
Robinson W.H. 2005. Cambridge University Press.