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Family Dascillidae - Soft-bodied Plant Beetles

Dascillus sp. - Dascillus davidsoni Mystery beetle - Anorus piceus Soft-bodied Plant Beetle - Anorus piceus dascillid - Anorus piceus Unknown beetle - Anorus Dascilus davidsoni - Dascillus davidsoni Dascilus davidsoni - Dascillus davidsoni Dascilus davidsoni - Dascillus davidsoni
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Dascilloidea
Family Dascillidae (Soft-bodied Plant Beetles)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Karumiidae
Explanation of Names
Dascillidae Guérin-Méneville 1843 (1834)
Numbers
5 spp. in 2 genera in our area, ~80 spp. in 15 genera worldwide(1)
Size
8-18 mm(1); worldwide, 4.5–25 mm(2)
Identification
Dense grey and/or brown vestiture covers entire body. Elongate and somewhat convex in cross-section.
Range
throughout the Northern Hemisphere and in Australia, most diverse in Asia; absent from Africa and tropical America(2); in our area, CA-AZ(1)
Habitat
Larvae in moist soil or under rocks; adults on grass in springtime(1)
Internet References
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.Lawrence J.F., et al. (2000-2005) Elateriformia (Coleoptera): descriptions, illustrations, identification...