water scavenger beetle

(Tropisternus lateralis nimbatus)

Conservation Status

 

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  IUCN Red List

not listed

     
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NNR - Unranked

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
           
           
 
Description
 
 

Tropisternus lateralis nimbatus is a common, small, water scavenger beetle. It is one of the first water scavenger beetles (family Hydrophilidae) to colonize newly formed bodies of water.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

516 to 716 (7.5 to 10.5 mm) long

 
     
 

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Larva Food

 
 

 

 
     
 

Adult Food

 
 

Algae, animal remains, and other biological material

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Distribution Map

 

Sources

27, 29, 30, 82.

 
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Taxonomy
 
 

Order

Coleoptera (beetles)  
 

Suborder

Polyphaga (water, rove, scarab, long-horned, leaf and snout beetles)  
 

Infraorder

Staphyliniformia  
 

Superfamily

Hydrophiloidea (water scavenger and clown beetles)  
 

Family

Hydrophilidae (water scavenger beetles)  
 

Subfamily

Hydrophilinae  
 

Tribe

Hydrophilini  
 

Genus

Tropisternus  
  Species Tropisternus lateralis  
       
 

There are five recognized subspecies of Tropisternus lateralis, four of which occur in North America. Only one subspecies occurs in Minnesota.

 
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Hydrophilus lateralis

 
       
 

Common Names

 
 

This species has no common name. The common name of the family Hydrophilidae is water scavenger beetles, and is applied here for convenience.

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
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  Water Scavenger Beetle (Hydrophilidae: Tropisternus lateralis) in Hand
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About

Apr 26, 2011

Photographed at Grand Forks, North Dakota (26 April 2011).

 
       

 

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