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A total of 36 results were found at 22:48 on 17th June 2024 when searching for Tenebrionidae.


  • Adelium brevicorne Blessig, 1861 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Synonym: Adelium neophyta Pascoe, 1869. Common names: false wireworm, Bronzed field beetle.
  • Adelium tenebroides Erichson, 1842 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

  • Alphitobius diaperinus (Panzer, 1797) 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Synonym: Tenebrio diaperinus Panzer, 1797. Common name: Lesser mealworm.
  • Alphitobius laevigatus (Fabricius, 1781) 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Synonyms: Microphyes rufipes Macleay, 1872, Opatrum laevigatum Fabricius, 1781. Common name: Black fungus beetle.
  • Alphitophagus bifasciatus (Say, 1824) 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Synonyms: Alphitophagus quadripustulatus Stephens, 1832, Diaperis bifasciatus Say, 1924, Diaperis pictus Ménétriés, 1832, Phylethus populi Redtenbacher, 1849, Platydema lilliputanum Carter, 1937. Common names: waste grain beetle, Twobanded fungus beetle.
  • Coniontis parviceps Casey, 1890 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Common name: dark brown beetle.
  • Cynaeus angustus (Le Conte, 1852) 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Synonym: Platydema angustum LeConte, 1851. Common name: Large black flour beetle.
  • Gnatocerus cornutus (Fabricius, 1798) 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Common name: Broad horned four beetle.
  • Gonocephalum carpentariae (Blackburn, 1894) 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Synonym: Hopatrum carpentariae Blackburn, 1894. Common name: Northern false wireworm.
  • Gonocephalum elderi (Blackburn, 1892) 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Synonym: Hopatrum elderi Blackburn, 1892. Common name: Vegetable beetle.
  • Gonocephalum macleayi (Blackburn, 1907) 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Synonym: Hopatrum macleayi Blackburn, 1907. Common name: Southern false wireworm.
  • Gonocephalum mastersi (Macleay, 1872) 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Synonym: Hopatrum mastersi Macleay, 1872.
  • Gonocephalum misellum (Blackburn, 1907) 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Synonym: Hopatrum misellum Blackburn, 1907. Common name: Small salse wireworm.
  • Gonocephalum walkeri (Champion, 1894) 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Synonym: Opatrum walkeri Champion, 1894. Common name: false wireworm.
  • Isopteron aversum (Pascoe, 1869) 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Synonyms: Cestrinus aversus Pascoe, 1869, Cestrinus posticus Pascoe, 1869, Cestrinus punctatissimus Pascoe, 1869. Common name: false wireworm.
  • Lagria villosa (Fabricius, 1781) 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Common name: beetle.
  • Latheticus oryzae Waterhouse, 1880 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Common name: Longheaded flour beetle.
  • Leichenum canaliculatum (Fabricius, 1798) 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Synonyms: Endothina squamosa Carter, 1924, Leichenum argillaceum Motschulsky, 1863, Leichenum pulchellum Küster, 1849, Leichenum variegatum Küster, 1849, Lichenum foveistrium Marseul, 1876, Lichenum gebieni Reitter, 1906, Lichenum seriehispidum Marseul, 1876, Opatrum canaliculatum Fabricius, 1798,.... Common name: Madagascar beetle.
  • Lophocateres pusillus (Klug, 1832) 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Synonyms: Ostoma ivani Allibert, 1847, Peltis pusillus Klug, 1832. Common names: Siamese grain beetle, Nicaraguan grain beetle.
  • Metoponium abnorme 
    Family: Tenebrionidae

    Common name: black beetle.

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