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Species Latridius minutus - Squarenosed Fungus Beetle

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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 Coccinelloidea
No Taxon (Coccinellid group)
Family Latridiidae (Minute Brown Scavenger Beetles)
Subfamily Latridiinae
Genus Latridius
Species minutus (Squarenosed Fungus Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Latridius minutus (Linnaeus 1767)
1.2-2.4 mm(1)
native to Palaearctic, adventive in the New World; in our area, across so. Canada and the US (NF-AK to MD-LA-TX & CO-CA)(2)(3)
the most common latridiid associated with stored products (incl. grains); especially frequent in putrid, mouldy vegetables and decaying hay/grass; in buildings, Hymenoptera nests, bird nests, manure heaps, decomposing fungi, wood stacks, on various mouldy objects; native habitats (e.g., coniferous forests); has been reared from dead conifer wood(3)
filamentous fungi(3)
earliest NA record: NF 1620(3)
Internet References
Fact sheets: McCaffrey (2013)(1) | anon. (2013)(4) | |