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Genus Phalacrus

Phalacridae - Phalacrus Phalacrus sp. - Phalacrus Phalacrus Shining flower beetle - Phalacrus Shining flower beetle - Phalacrus Phalacridae  - Phalacrus Beetle - Phalacrus Sphaeridiinae? - Phalacrus
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 Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark and Fungus Beetles)
No Taxon (Cucujid series)
Family Phalacridae (Shining Flower Beetles)
No Taxon (Phalacrus-group)
Genus Phalacrus
Explanation of Names
Phalacrus Paykull 1800
Greek φαλακρος = 'bald'
25 spp. in our area, ~100 worldwide(1)
1.4–4.5 mm(2)
Note large scutellum, single elytral stria, robust tarsi, lengthened terminal antennomere, and pitch-black color --Matt Gimmel, 13.ix.2010
worldwide, incl. most of our area(3)(2) (in the New World, Alaska to Argentina)(1)
highly specialized feeders on smut fungi (Ustilaginales) and rust fungi (Pucciniales)(1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Genus-level revision of the family Phalacridae (Coleoptera: Cucujoidea)
Gimmel M. 2013. Zootaxa 3605: 1–147.
2.Gimmel M. 2012. Phalacridae (Coleoptera) taxonomic database [temporary name]
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.