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shiny spider beetle

Scientific Name
Mezium affine
Scientific Author
Boieldieu
Taxonomy
(Coleoptera: Anobiidae: Ptininae: Gibbiini)
Status
Exotic Species Occurrence in Australia
Reliability
High
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Diagnostic Notes

Adult body length c. 1.5 to 3.5 mm; body broadly oval and the elytra are strongly convex giving a "humped" appearance and with continuous line of dense hairs at the base of the elytra; body with head, thorax, legs and antennae are cream coloured, abdomen is shining dark reddish brown to nearly black.

Closely related to the American spider beetle Mezium americanum, which is cosmopolitan in distribution compared to Mezium affine which is almost restricted to Northern Hemisphere; adults of Mezium affine differ from those of Mezium americanum in having the setal collar at the base of the elytra continuous, whereas in the latter species, the collar is deeply interrupted at, and on each side of, the middle.

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Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
Walker, K.
Created
17/03/2007 10:20 AEST
Last Updated
30/08/2011 16:45 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2007) shiny spider beetle (Mezium affine) Updated on 8/30/2011 4:45:44 PM 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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