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Species Margarinotus purpurascens

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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 Histeridae (Clown Beetles)
Subfamily Histerinae
Tribe Histerini
Genus Margarinotus
No Taxon (subgenus Paralister)
Species purpurascens (Margarinotus purpurascens)
Explanation of Names
Margarinotus purpurascens (Herbst 1792)
Size
3.5-4.1 mm(1)
Identification
Elytra with ill-defined red blotches (photo)
Range
native to, and widespread across the Palaearctic(2), adventive in NA (Pacific Northwest: sw. BC)(3), probably also in adjacent nw. US
Habitat
under rotting plant matter, incl. dung/scat(4)
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