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Species Tarsostenus univittatus

Tarsostenus univittatus Tarsostenus univittatus (Rossi) - Tarsostenus univittatus Miniature Clerid - Tarsostenus univittatus
Classification
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
Species univittatus (Tarsostenus univittatus)
Explanation of Names
Tarsostenus univittatus (Rossi 1792)
Size
4-5 mm(1)
Range
native to southern hemisphere (Australia?), now cosmopolitan(2); in our area, FL, TX, CA, OH (most records are from ports or interceptions)(3)
Habitat
recorded from many hardwoods, lumber infested with various Bostrichidae(3)
Food
preys on Bostrichidae (Lyctus and Sinoxylon spp.) and Anobiidae that damage commercially transported manufactured hardwoods(2)(4); in NA, feeds on several species of borers in hardwoods(5)
Remarks
important predator of Lyctus africanus(3)
Works Cited
1.Lompe A. (2002-) Die Käfer Europas: Ein Bestimmungswerk im Internet
2.Classification, natural history, phylogeny, and subfamily composition of the Cleridae and generic content of the subfamilies
Opitz W. 2010. Entomologica Basiliensia et Collections Frey 32: 31–128.
3.The checkered beeltes (Coleoptera: Cleridae) of Florida.
Leavengood, Jr., J.M. 2008. University of Florida, Gainesville. 206 pp.
4.Alien terrestrial arthropods of Europe
Roques A., Kenis M., Lees D., Lopez-Vaamonde C., Rabitsch W., Rasplus J.-Y., Roy D., eds. 2010. BioRisk 4 Special Issue; 2 vols., 1028 pp.
5.Handbook of urban insects and arachnids: A handbook of urban entomology
Robinson W.H. 2005. Cambridge University Press.