Thymalus limbatus

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Thymalus limbatus
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Thymalus limbatus 5.0 to 7.0 mm.
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T. limbatus
Binomial name
Thymalus limbatus
(Fabricius, 1787) [1]

Thymalus limbatus is a species of beetle in family Trogossitidae. It is found in the palearctic. [2] It is an obligate Saproxylic species associated with Betula pendula , Fagus sylvatica , Fagus sylvatica , Tilia × europaea and Picea abies mostly under bark. It feeds on fungus or dead wood.

Beetle Order of insects

Beetles are a group of insects that form the order Coleoptera, in the superorder Endopterygota. Their front pair of wings are hardened into wing-cases, elytra, distinguishing them from most other insects. The Coleoptera, with about 400,000 species, is the largest of all orders, constituting almost 40% of described insects and 25% of all known animal life-forms; new species are discovered frequently. The largest of all families, the Curculionidae (weevils) with some 83,000 member species, belongs to this order. Found in almost every habitat except the sea and the polar regions, they interact with their ecosystems in several ways: beetles often feed on plants and fungi, break down animal and plant debris, and eat other invertebrates. Some species are serious agricultural pests, such as the Colorado potato beetle, while others such as Coccinellidae eat aphids, scale insects, thrips, and other plant-sucking insects that damage crops.

Trogossitidae Family of beetles

Trogossitidae is a small family of bark-gnawing beetles in the suborder Polyphaga. Trogossitidae consists of about 600 species. 59 species are found in America and about 36 in Australia.

Xylophagy Digestion of wood

Xylophagy is a term used in ecology to describe the habits of an herbivorous animal whose diet consists primarily of wood. The word derives from Greek ξυλοφάγος (xulophagos) "eating wood", from ξύλον "wood" and φαγεῖν "to eat", an ancient Greek name for a kind of a worm-eating bird. Animals feeding only on dead wood are called sapro-xylophagous or saproxylic.

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References

  1. Fabricius, J.C., 1787. Mantissa insectorum, sistens eorum species nuper detectas adiectis characteribus genericis, differentiis specificis, emendationibus, observationibus. Christ. Gottl. Proft, Hafniae. Two volumes.
  2. Joy, N. 1932 A Practical Handbook of British Beetles