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Subfamily Thaneroclerinae

Checkered Beetle - Zenodosus sanguineus Z. sanguineus (Say) - Zenodosus sanguineus Zenodosus sanguineus (Say, 1835) - Zenodosus sanguineus Clerid - Zenodosus sanguineus Zenodosus sanguineus Beetle - Zenodosus sanguineus Fuzzy red beetle (Cleridae?) - Zenodosus sanguineus PA. beetle - Zenodosus sanguineus
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 Cleroidea (Bark-gnawing, Checkered and Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Family Cleridae (Checkered Beetles)
Subfamily Thaneroclerinae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
treated as a family (Thanerocleridae) in(1) and elsewhere [e.g. Kolibáč (1992)]
Explanation of Names
Thanerocleridae Chapin 1924
2 spp. (incl. one adventive) in 2 genera in our area(2), 13 spp. in 5 genera total(3)
worldwide, 3–7 mm(3)
mostly palaotropical(3)
Most members of the subfamily are xylophilous (incl. Zenodosus, common under bark infested with bark beetles)(3)
diurnal predators of other insects; Thaneroclerus spp. prey on insects that infest stored products(3)
Print References
Kolibáč J. (1992) Revision of Thanerocleridae n. stat. (Coleoptera: Cleroidea). Mitteilungen der Schweizerischen Entomologischen Gesellschaft 65: 303-340.
Works Cited
1.Family-group names in Coleoptera (Insecta)
Bouchard P. et al. 2011. ZooKeys 88: 1–972.
2.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.
3.Classification, natural history, phylogeny, and subfamily composition of the Cleridae and generic content of the subfamilies
Opitz W. 2010. Entomologica Basiliensia et Collections Frey 32: 31–128.