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Tenebrionidae Checklist: Darkling Beetles

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14 September 2019

The common name darkling beetles was derived from the Latin name Tenebrio, which meant “seeker of dark places”. While most tenebrionids are nocturnal, some are seen to be active in the day as well. Many specimens in this page exhibit an “oil-spill” effect, with a dazzling array of colours showing up when lighted up evenly. One of the key characteristics of tenebrionids is the 5-5-4 tarsal formula (although this is shared with some other families) but it is rarely seen in photos. Hence concluding on Tenebrionidae is sometimes based on the exclusion of other possible families.

Most were identified with the help from the kind folks on Flickr and Facebook, especially Boris Büche and David Ball. Thank you!

All photos are of live subjects shot in the field, with the dorsal view selected where available. Click on individual photos for larger views and views from other angles. As specimens were not collected, identifications were done purely based on photographs and may not be 100% accurate.

This page will be updated regularly, please let me know if you spot any mistakes.

View my complete Flickr photo set: Tenebrionidae – Darkling Beetles.

Characteristics

The following are some characteristics of Tenebrionidae Wikipedia.
  1. Their 11-segmented antennae that may be filiform, moniliform or weakly clubbed
  2. First abdominal sternite is entire and not divided by the hind coxae
  3. Eyes notched by a frontal ridge
  4. The tarsi have four segments in the hind pair and five in the fore and mid legs (5-5-4), tarsal claws are simple

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Class: Insecta Linnaeus, 1758

Order: Coleoptera Linnaeus, 1758

Family: Tenebrionidae Latreille, 1802

Subfamily: Coelometopinae Lacordaire, 1859

Tribe: Coelometopini Lacordaire, 1859

Darkling Beetle (Androsus corporaali) - DSC_1680

Singapore: Androsus corporaali Kulzer, 1951

Darkling beetle (Androsus fasciolatus) - DSC_2800

Singapore: Androsus fasciolatus (Fairmaire, 1893)

Darkling beetle (Hegemona sp.) - DSC_0421

Belize: Hegemona sp.

Darkling beetle (Phymatosoma rufonotatum) - DSC_5998

Singapore: Phymatosoma rufonotatum (Pic, 1916)

Tribe: Strongyliini Lacordaire, 1859

Subfamily: Diaperinae Latreille, 1802

Tribe: Diaperini Latreille, 1802

Darkling beetle (Ceropria sp.) - DSC_1407

Singapore: Ceropria sp.

Darkling beetle (Ceropria induta) - DSC_2851

Singapore: Ceropria induta (Wiedemann, 1819)

Darkling beetle (Ceropria sp.) - DSC_4747

Singapore: Ceropria superba (Wiedemann, 1823)

Darkling beetles (Ceropria induta) - DSC_9689

Singapore: Ceropria induta Wiedemann, 1819

Tribe: Leiochrini

Darkling beetles (Leiochrinus sp.) - DSC_1789

Singapore: Leiochrinus sp.

Tribe: Scaphidemini Reitter, 1922

Darkling beetle (Spiloscapha cf. nigrofasciata) - DSC_7966

Singapore: Spiloscapha cf. nigrofasciata Gebien, 1925

Darkling beetle (Basanus sp.) - DSC_8355

Singapore: Basanus sp.

Subfamily: Lagriinae Latreille, 1825

Wooly darkling beetle (Lagriinae) - DSC_1633

Singapore: Lagriinae

Subfamily: Stenochiinae Kirby, 1837

Tribe: Cnodalonini Oken, 1843

Darkling beetle (Borneocamaria cf. laticornis) - DSC_7114

East Malaysia: Borneocamaria cf. laticornis (Waterhouse, 1882)

Darkling beetle (Bradymerus sp.) - DSC_0963

Singapore: Bradymerus sp.

Darkling beetle (cf. Eucyrtus gloriosus) - DSC_6179

Singapore: cf. Eucyrtus gloriosus Fairmaire, 1896

Darkling beetle (Derospherus sp.) - DSC_1421

Singapore: Derospherus sp.

Darkling beetle (Eucyrtus cf. pretiosus) - DSC_6954

East Malaysia: Eucyrtus cf. pretiosus Lacordaire, 1859

Darkling Beetle (Eucyrtus sp.) - DSC_7098

Singapore: Eucyrtys sp.

Darkling beetle (Plamius pici) - DSC_8047

East Malaysia: Plamius pici Kulzer, 1951

Darkling Beetle (Phaedis sp.) - DSC_8658

Singapore: Phaedis sp.

Darkling beetle (Phaedis sp.) - DSC_8273

Singapore: Phaedis sp.

Emerald darkling beetle (Pseudonautes sp.) - DSC_5068

West Malaysia: Pseudonautes sp.

Darkling beetle (Tetragonomenes cf. schawalleri) - DSC_3519

Singapore: Tetragonomenes cf. schawalleri Ando & Merkl, 2015

Darkling beetle (Tetraphyllus cf. corruscus) - DSC_9022

Singapore: Tetraphyllus cf. corruscus (Fairmaire, 1882)

Darkling beetle (Tetraphyllus sp.) - DSC_9910

Singapore: Tetraphyllus sp.

Tribe: Stenochiini Kirby, 1837

Darkling beetle (Bremerianus baehri) - DSC_2756

East Malaysia: Bremerianus baehri Masumoto, 2005

Darkling beetle (Stenochinus sp.) - DSC_0888

West Malaysia: Stenochinus sp.

Darkling beetle (Strongylium sp.) - DSC_1322

Singapore: Strongylium sp.

Darkling beetle (Strongylium sp.) - DSC_5204

Singapore: Strongylium sp.? DSC_5204

Darkling beetle (Strongylium sp.) - DSC_1398

Singapore: Strongylium sp.

Darkling beetle (Strongylium sp.) - DSC_3807

East Malaysia: Strongylium sp.

Darkling beetle (Strongylium sp.) - DSC_5488

East Malaysia: Strongylium sp.

Darkling beetle (Strongylium sp.) - DSC_5830

East Malaysia: Strongylium sp.

Darkling beetle (Strongylium sp.) - DSC_6714

East Malaysia: Strongylium sp.

Darkling beetle (Strongylium sp.) - DSC_7652

Singapore: Strongylium tenuipes Fairmaire, 1893

Darkling beetle (Strongylium sp.) - DSC_8750

Singapore: Strongylium sp.

Darkling Beetle (Strongylium sp.) - DSC_0675

Singapore: Strongylium sp.

Blue darkling beetle (Strongylium sp.) - DSC_6043

West Malaysia: Strongylium sp.

Subfamily: Tenebrioninae Latreille, 1802

Tribe: Amarygmini Gistel, 1848

Darkling beetles (Amarygmus sp.) - DSC_1046

Singapore: Amarygmus metallicus Perty, 1831

Darkling beetle (Amarygmus sp.) - DSC_2765

Singapore: Amarygmus sp.

Darkling beetle (Amarygmus metallicus) - DSC_2923

Singapore: Amarygmus metallicus Perty, 1831

Darkling Beetle with mites (Amarygmus micans) - ESC_0079

Singapore: Amarygmus micans (Fabricius, 1794)

Darkling beetle (Amarygmus sp.) - DSC_3972

Singapore: Amarygmus sp.

Darkling beetle (Amarygmus cf. splendidulus) - DSC_9856

Singapore: Amarygmus cf. splendidulus (Fabricius, 1801)

Darkling beetle (Amarygmus sp.) - DSC_0917

Singapore: Amarygmus sp.

Darkling beetle (Amarygmus sp.) - DSC_9814

Singapore: Amarygmus sp.

Darkling beetle (Amarygmus sp.) - DSC_3738

Singapore: Amarygmus sp.

Darkling beetle (Gonocnemis sp.) - DSC_2947

West Malaysia: Gonocnemis sp.

Tribe: Bolitophagini Kirby, 1837

Darkling beetle (Bolitoxenus bifurcus) - DSC_0899

Singapore: Bolitoxenus bifurcus Pascoe 1871

Tribe: Helopini Latreille, 1802

Darkling beetle (Camptobrachys sp.) - DSC_4948

Singapore: Camptobrachys sp.

Tribe: Toxicini Lacordaire, 1859

Darkling beetle (Cryphaeus gazella) - DSC_9293

Singapore: Cryphaeus gazella Fabricius, 1798

Unidentified

Darkling beetles (Tenebrionidae) - DSC_0333

Singapore: Tenebrionidae DSC_0333

Darkling beetle (Tenebrionidae) - DSC_3802

East Malaysia: Tenebrionidae? DSC_3802

Darkling Beetle (Tenebrionidae) - DSC_4064

Thailand: Lagriinae? DSC_4064

Larvae

Darkling beetle larva (Tenebrionidae) - DSC_2915

Singapore: Tenebrionidae

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