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Genus Alphitobius

Tenebrionidae, dorsal - Alphitobius diaperinus Alphitobius diaperinus Alphitobius diaperinus Tenebrionidae? - Alphitobius diaperinus The Lesser (of two) Mealworms - Alphitobius diaperinus The Lesser (of two) Mealworms - Alphitobius diaperinus The Lesser (of two) Mealworms - Alphitobius diaperinus Beetle for ID - Alphitobius diaperinus
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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Tenebrionidae (Darkling Beetles)
Subfamily Tenebrioninae
Tribe Alphitobiini
Genus Alphitobius
Explanation of Names
Alphitobius Stephens 1829
Numbers
2 spp. in our area, both adventive(1)
Range
native to Old World (most spp. Afrotropical), now cosmopolitan
Habitat
in the native range, under loose bark & tree holes in the wild; elsewhere mostly in stored products, poultry facilities, and similar synanthropic situations(2)(3)
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.Handbook of urban insects and arachnids: A handbook of urban entomology
Robinson W.H. 2005. Cambridge University Press.
3.Beetles associated with stored products in Canada: An identification guide
Bousquet Y. 1990. Research Branch Agriculture Canada, Publication 1837.