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Genus Atomaria

less two-toned - Atomaria wollastoni Small Beetles Mating - Atomaria lewisi - male - female Cryptophagidae, dorsal - Atomaria lewisi Beetle IMG_5533 - Atomaria lewisi Anchicera (Atomaria) - Atomaria Atomaria - Atomaria wollastoni cryptophagid - Atomaria lewisi Waterford-LRB - Atomaria lewisi
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 (Cucujid series)
Family Cryptophagidae (Silken Fungus Beetles)
Subfamily Atomariinae
Tribe Atomariini
Genus Atomaria
Explanation of Names
Atomaria Stephens 1829
10 spp. in our area per(1) -- a clear underestimate; perhaps it was meant to apply to Atomaria s.str. only and does not reflect the fauna of a more species-rich subgenus Anchicera; the real number must be at least 70. (=v=)
10 species are known in Atlantic Canada alone(2)
1-2 mm
a key to spp. with habitus photos of all 10 spp. known in Atlantic Canada is provided in(2) -- good for identification of the most common ne. NA species.
worldwide and throughout NA(1)
See Also
Toramus are superficially similar
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.The Atomariinae of Atlantic Canada, by Christopher Majka