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Species Epuraea ocularis

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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 Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark and Fungus Beetles)
No Taxon (Nitidulid series)
Family Nitidulidae (Sap-feeding Beetles)
Subfamily Epuraeinae
Genus Epuraea
No Taxon (Subgenus Haptoncus)
Species ocularis (Epuraea ocularis)
Explanation of Names
Epuraea ocularis Fairmaire 1849
Size
2.0-2.4 mm(1)
Range
CA, TX, FL - Map(2), native to tropical Asia(3), now almost cosmopolitan; introduced to NA from the Palaearctic very recently(4)
Habitat
larvae in rotting fruit, adults on flowers or decaying plant matter(5)
Food
mycophagous; manioc, dry fruit(3)
Remarks
earliest record in our area: TX 2010(4), still uncommon
spreads globally with fruit trade, reported established outdoors around the Mediterranean (to so. Germany) and in China(5)
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