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Species Sphaeridium bipustulatum

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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 Sphaeridiinae
Genus Sphaeridium
Species bipustulatum (Sphaeridium bipustulatum)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sphaeridium marginatum was formerly considered a synonym of S. bipustulatum
Explanation of Names
Sphaeridium bipustulatum Fabricius, 1781
Size
4.4-6.3 mm
Identification
Most similar to S. marginatum. See Berge Henegouwen (1989).
Range
Smetana (1978) considered S. bipustuluatum widespread in North America, but records and ranges have not been revisited following the elevation of S. marginatum to species.
Habitat
terrestrial beetles that live in decaying organic material, especially in fresh mammal dung (1)
Food
predacious (1)
Remarks
Non native, from the Palearctic region.
Internet References
Berge Henegouwen, A. van. 1989. Sphaeridium marginatum reinstated as a species distinct from S. bipustulatum (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae). Entomologische berichten 49: 168-170. Link to PDF
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume I: Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia
Arnett, R.H., Jr., and M. C. Thomas. (eds.). 2000. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.