Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
many workers treat Gibbium
in a separate subfamily, Gibbiinae(1)
~70 spp. in 12 genera in our area(2)(3)
, 15 in Canada(4)
(ca. 600 spp. worldwide)
Body constricted between prothorax and elytra, pronotum often with humps, elytra often with shoulders reduced (flightless species). Head not retracted below pronotum, antennae free, filiform, their bases proximate.
illustrated keys & info on species that occur indoors in(4)(3)
worldwide and across NA; many spp. associated with stored products easily spread with commerce and have cosmopolitan distribution
mammal/bird/bee nests, dry carrion, tree holes; several species occur in homes, granaries, mills, warehouses(4)
Dry plant and animal matter (a few are wood-borers as larvae)
Philips T.K. (2000) Phylogenetic analysis of the New World Ptininae (Coleoptera: Bostrichoidea). Systematic Entomology 25: 235-262.