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Genus Penthe

False Darkling Beetle family, Found under bark - Penthe pimelia Polypore Fungus Beetle - Penthe obliquata Polypore Fungus Beetle - Penthe obliquata Fungus Beetle? - Penthe pimelia Penthe pimelia - Velvety Bark Beetle? - Penthe pimelia Penthe obliquata Gray beetle - Penthe obliquata Penthe?  - Penthe pimelia
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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Tetratomidae (Polypore Fungus Beetles)
Genus Penthe
Explanation of Names
Penthe Newman 1838
Greek penthe 'sorrow, mourner' (referring to the color)
Numbers
2 spp. in our area, 9 total(1)
Identification
scutellum dark in P. pimelia, orange in P. obliquata
Range
holarctic & Oriental; in our area, both spp. are widespread in e. half of the US and adjacent Canada(1)
Habitat
forested areas; on woody fungi and under loose bark; rather common
Remarks
our sole representative of the holarctic & Oriental subfamily Penthinae, that contains a total of 2 genera(1)
come to lights(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.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.