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confused flour beetle

Scientific Name
Tribolium confusum
Scientific Author
Jacquelin du Val, 1868
Taxonomy
(Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae: Triboliini)
Status
Exotic Species Establishment in Australia
Reliability
High
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Tribolium confusum  (confused flour beetle):

 

-                     2.6 – 4.4mm in body length, flattened, oval

-                     Is reddish-brown in colour

-                     Antennal club is poorly formed as a gradual club-like, the "club" consisting of 4-6 segments.

-                     Head is visible from above

-                     Sides of pronotum more curved than on T. castaneum, punctures on centre of pronotum about same size as punctures on lateral margins

-                     Head capsule is notched at the eyes so that a visible ridge is present

-                     Eyes deeply divided by a projection of the head with narrowest portion only 1-2 facets wide

-           Underneath view shows eyes separated by about  half the head width

-                     Margins of eyes

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Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
Walker, K.
Created
17/06/2006 12:52 AEST
Last Updated
25/11/2011 10:20 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2006) confused flour beetle (Tribolium confusum) Updated on 11/25/2011 10:20:04 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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