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small beetle - Typhaea stercorea

small beetle - Typhaea stercorea
Henryetta, Okmulgee County, Oklahoma, USA
August 10, 2005
Size: 3mm
I found this small beetle in a crock of sea salt.
It was still alive, so after photographing it I released it in my yard.


I´d say its Typhaea stercorea
in Mycetophagidae.


Those neat rows of setae should be a sign of Mycetophagidae.

I'm thinking this is probably an anobiid, since many of that family are stored product pests, and it does not resemble any of the other stored products pests, at least not at first glance, though some Dermestidae could still be a possibility.

I don't believe it is an anobiid, much more likely a Cryptophagid. Anobiids never (?) have the head visible in a dorsal view, and I would say this head is visible in dorsal view. A directly dorsal view with the margins of the pronotum in good focus would be necessary to go beyond this.

I stand corrected.
Thank you, Donald! Hey, Patrick Coin, you got a spare pair of orthopedic shoes?:-)

Thanks Eric.

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