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Species Typhaea stercorea - Hairy Fungus Beetle

Typhaea stercorea (Linnaeus) - Typhaea stercorea Hairy Fungus Beetle  - Typhaea stercorea Mycetophagidae, dorsal - Typhaea stercorea beetle - Typhaea stercorea Mycetophagidae - Typhaea stercorea Cryptophagid? - Typhaea stercorea mycetophagid? - Typhaea stercorea  Byturid? - Typhaea stercorea
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 Mycetophagidae (Hairy Fungus Beetles)
Genus Typhaea
Species stercorea (Hairy Fungus Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Typhaea stercorea (Linnaeus 1758)
stercorea = 'related to dung, manure'
a single species in our area(1)
2.2–3.0 mm(2)
Cosmopolitan (of Palaearctic origin), adventive in NA(3)
occurs both outdoors and in association with various stored products: corn fields (on decaying kernels), warehouses, stores, flour mills, mangers, dairy barns, dwellings, and granaries in stored grain and seeds, tobacco, peanuts, cacao, corn, millet, wheat, apricots, and moldy grape skins; also in nests of swans and moorhens(3)
mold feeder (associated with poor storage conditions)
pest of stored grain/seeds, tobacco, peanuts, and cacao(2)
Internet References
Fact sheet (anon. 2013)(4)
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.Handbook of urban insects and arachnids: A handbook of urban entomology
Robinson W.H. 2005. Cambridge University Press.
3.The Mycetophagidae (Coleoptera) of the Maritime Provinces of Canada
Majka C.G. 2010. ZooKeys 64: 9-23.
4.Canadian Grain Commission: insect pests of stored grain