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Genus Cryptopleurum

brown mushroom beetle - Cryptopleurum subtile Cryptopleurum minutum Cryptopleurum minutum small beetle - Cryptopleurum subtile Cryptopleurum Water Scavenger Beetle - Cryptopleurum subtile Minuscule beetle in compost - Cryptopleurum small beetle - Cryptopleurum subtile
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 Staphyliniformia)
Superfamily Hydrophiloidea (Water Scavenger and Clown Beetles)
Family Hydrophilidae (Water Scavenger Beetles)
Subfamily Sphaeridiinae
Tribe Megasternini
Genus Cryptopleurum
Explanation of Names
Cryptopleurum Mulsant 1844
Numbers
5 spp. in our area(1), >20 total
Identification
prosternum non-carinate, flat, notched posteriorly to accommodate the anterior projection of mesosternum; elytra pubescent; clypeus and frons distinctively separated; protibiae unnotched(2).
Key to spp. in Smetana (1978)(3)
Range
much of our area(1)
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume I: Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia
Arnett, R.H., Jr., and M. C. Thomas. (eds.). 2000. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.Review of the Family Hydrophilidae of Canada and Alaska
Ales Smetana. 1988. Entomological Society of Canada.
3.Revision of the subfamily Sphaeridiinae of America north of Mexico (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)
Smetana A. 1978. Mem. Ent. Soc. Canada 105: 1–292.