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lesser mealworm

Scientific Name
Alphitobius diaperinus
Scientific Author
(Panzer, 1797)
Taxonomy
(Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae: Tenebrioninae: Alphitobiini )
Status
Exotic Species Outbreak in Australia
Reliability
High
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Australia: Victoria: swarming in poultry shed in Berwick, Sept 1964 det. Duffy 1965
Source
Simon Hinkley & Ken Walker Museum Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes

Adult body length c. 5.8-6.3mm; colour black to brownish-black; body shape broadly-oval, moderately convex and shiny in appearance. Antennae densely clothed with short yellowish hairs, with the terminal segment lighter in color. The head is deeply emarginate in front, has a distinct clypeal groove, and the surface is coarsely punctured. Eyes are also emarginated. Pronotum  twice as broad as long, slightly narrowed from base to apex, with sides feebly curved and narrowly margined. Apex of the pronotum broadly emarginated with apical angles prominent; pronotal base bisinuate with basal angles rectangular. Elytra with impressed striae and finely punctured; prosternal process between fore coxae with a prominent apex.

Sexes very similar; can be separated by curved spine on ventral surface of mid tibiae in male and spine is female is straight.

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Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
Walker, K.
Created
28/01/2007 03:58 AEST
Last Updated
13/02/2012 11:52 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2007) lesser mealworm (Alphitobius diaperinus) Updated on 2/13/2012 11:52:22 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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Free for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

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