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Anobiid beetle - Caenocara oculatum

Anobiid beetle - Caenocara oculatum
Fredericton, York County, New Brunswick, Canada
May 8, 2011
Size: 3mm
This is probably the same species I submitted earlier and then frassed. Definitely an anobiid, but who knows what genus. This beetle is special, tho', as is was collected and given to Dr. Reggie Webster, curator of our collection. He is attempting to mount the specimen so that its antennae and legs are out and not held close to the body. He says it will be very difficult to get this one even to genus. This is the best pic I could get with such a small and fast moving critter, given the limitations of my equipment.

Stay tuned ...

Moved from Puffball Beetles.

Caenocara oculata (Say)
This is Caenocara oculata (Say). This is an excellent find. This species had been reported from New Brunswick by McNamara (1991), however, in Majka (2007) I removed it from the NB faunal list since I could find no voucher specimens or published records. It is good to be able to re-instate it for the NB faunal list.

Majka, C.G. 2007. The Derodontidae, Dermestidae, Bostrichidae, and Anobiidae of the Maritime Provinces of Canada (Coleoptera: Bostrichiformia). Zootaxa 1573: 1-38.


More collected
I have collected about a dozen of these from my white birch and presented them to Reggie Webster, who will not have enough to make ids. Stay tuned.

Edit: My comment above should
Edit: My comment above should read "who will NOW have enough..."

C. oculata is the only sp. recorded in your area
if you ever get a sp. name, please re-shoot it for the guide, because the external differences are quite subtle.


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