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Subfamily Korynetinae

Necrobia violacea - male - female Red-legged Ham Beetle - Necrobia rufipes beetle - Necrobia violacea Clerid - Necrobia violacea One from NM - Necrobia violacea Necrobia rufipes Red legged ham beetle?  - Necrobia rufipes Necrobia rufipes? - Necrobia rufipes
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 Korynetinae
3 spp. (all cosmopolitan and probably adventive) in a single genus in our area(1), 76 spp. in 7 genera total(2)(3)
Necrobia is cosmopolitan, other genera mostly in the African savanna, with some representation in other parts of the Old World(2)
NB: Contrary to the statement in(2), there is no Korynetinae endemic to the New World, as clarified by W. Opitz (pers. comm. to =v=, 16.ii.2012)
most commonly, associated with the decomposition of vertebrate corpses, particularly fish and mammal(2)
our spp. feed on proteinaceous remains on bones and skin and may prey on saprophytic insects(2)
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.
2.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.
3.Classification, natural history, and evolution of Korynetinae Laporte (Coleoptera: Cleridae). Part I. Generic composition...
W. Opitz. 2011. Journal of Afrotropical zoology 7: 29-67.