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Genus Berginus

Berginus nigricolor Champion - Berginus nigricolor tiny beetle - Berginus pumilus tiny beetle - Berginus pumilus Hey v, found another - Berginus pumilus Latridiidae? - Berginus pumilus Latridiidae? - Berginus pumilus Latridiidae? - Berginus pumilus Coleoptera Collected from Eriodictyon capitatum - Berginus pumilus
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 Mycetophagidae (Hairy Fungus Beetles)
Genus Berginus
Explanation of Names
Berginus Erichson 1846
3 spp. in our area(1)
in our area, so. US(1):
B. bahamicus Casey - FL, W. Indies
B. nigricolor Champion - so. TX to Panama
B. pumilus LeConte - CA, Mexico
not associated with fungi (unlike most Mycetophagidae); some feed on pollen (one sp. is known to breed in male pine cones), another sp. preys on a lac scale insect (Lawrence 1991)
Print References
Lawrence J.F. (1991) Mycetophagidae (Tenebrionoidea), pp. 498-500 in: Stehr, F. (ed). Immature Insects Vol. 2. Kendall/Hunt, Dubuque. i-xvi + 975 pp.
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.