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Species Platypsyllus castoris - Beaver Parasite Beetle

Beaver Parasite Beetle - Platypsyllus castoris Platypsyllus castoris From the Beaver State - Platypsyllus castoris From the Beaver State - Platypsyllus castoris Platypsyllus castoris Platypsyllus castoris beaver beetle - Platypsyllus castoris Platypsyllus castoris
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 Staphylinoidea (Rove, Carrion and Fungus Beetles)
Family Leiodidae (Round Fungus Beetles)
Subfamily Platypsyllinae
Genus Platypsyllus
Species castoris (Beaver Parasite Beetle)
Size
2mm
Range
Central United States to California and Alaska. Also in Europe where there are European beavers
Habitat
This beetle is a parasite of beavers. It has also been found on an otter (The Coleopterists Bulletin, 60(4):312–313, 2006).
Life Cycle
P. castoris is found on its host at all times except during its time as an egg (30 days) and while it's pupating (11-12 days).
Print References
The Coleopterists Bulletin, 60(4):312–313, 2006.
American Beetles vol. 1 (Arnett & Thomas)