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Species Helocombus bifidus

Helocombus bifidus Water Scavenger Beetle - Helocombus bifidus Water Scavenger Beetle - Helocombus bifidus - male Hydrophilid - Helocombus bifidus Hydrophilidae - Helocombus bifidus 9020013 Helocombus bifidus - Helocombus bifidus Beetle - Helocombus bifidus 2018-07-28 Brown-edged water scavenger - Helocombus bifidus
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 Staphyliniformia)
Superfamily Hydrophiloidea (Water Scavenger and Clown Beetles)
Family Hydrophilidae (Water Scavenger Beetles)
Subfamily Hydrophilinae
Tribe Hydrophilini
Genus Helocombus
Species bifidus (Helocombus bifidus)
Explanation of Names
Helocombus bifidus (LeConte 1855)
Size
5.5-7.8 mm(1)
Identification
Striate elytra, very long maxillary palps, tarsal formula 5-4-4
Range
Eastern North America (NB-FL to ON-WI-TX)(2)
Habitat
Shallow ponds with rotting plant debris. (3)
Emergent vegetation along margins of ponds/lakes and slow moving streams. (1)
See Also
Hydrobius fuscipes, found in the same habitats, has shorter maxillary palpi and shallower elytral striae that extend uniformly to near the anterior margin.
Works Cited
1.The Water Beetles of Florida
Epler J.H. 2010. Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Tallahassee. 414 pp.
2.World Catalogue of Insects, Vol. 2: Hydrophiloidea (Coleoptera).
Hansen, M. 1999. Apollo Books, Stenstrup, Denmark. 416 pp.
3.Review of the Family Hydrophilidae of Canada and Alaska
Ales Smetana. 1988. Entomological Society of Canada.