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Genus Tarsostenus

Tarsostenus univittatus Tarsostenus univittatus (Rossi) - Tarsostenus univittatus Miniature Clerid - Tarsostenus univittatus
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 Cleroidea (Bark-gnawing, Checkered and Soft-winged Flower Beetles)
Family Cleridae (Checkered Beetles)
Subfamily Tarsosteninae
Genus Tarsostenus
Explanation of Names
Tarsostenus Spinola 1844
2 spp. (both adventive) in our area, more in Australia and New Caledonia (Opitz 2012)
image of T. carus (=Paratillus carus), another cosmopolitan congener and lyctine predator
Australasian genus, with 2 spp. spread globally by commerce (Opitz 2012)
usually associated with shipments of dry goods from abroad [and] recorded from port shipments since the 20's (Weston Opitz, pers.comm. to =v= 13.iii.2014)
Print References
Opitz W. (2012) Classification, natural history, and evolution of Tarsosteninae (Coleoptera: Cleridae) — Part I: generic composition of the subfamily and key and phylogeny of genera. Psyche 2012, Article ID 752402: 1-35 (Full text)