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Dermestid beetle

Scientific Name
Dermestes frischii
Scientific Author
Kugelann, 1892
Taxonomy
(Coleoptera: Dermestidae: Dermestinae)
Status
Exotic Species Occurrence in Australia
Reliability
High
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This species is similar to Dermestes maculatus in appearance and feeding habits but may be distinguished by the fact that the apical margins of the elytra are not serrate.

 

Body length 6-9mm, each side of pronotum with broad band of white or yellowish white hair, metasternum and abdomen white with a few patches of black hairs at side; elytron without an acute spine at apex, apices of elytra smooth, with apical angle right angled so that elytra meet in a smooth oval; underside of 5th segment of abdomen with a patch of black hair on apex and one at each side; pubescence on elytra black and white hairs intermixed, not in groups, with a few golden hairs at base; head with golden hairs and groups of white hairs forming patches.

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Mound, L.A. (1989). Common insect pests of stored food products - a guide to their identification.

Peacock, E. (1975). Dermestes peruvianus Cast., D. haemorrhoidalis Kust. and other Dermestes spp. (Col. Dermestidae). The Entomologist Monthly Magazine Vol. 111: 1-14.

 

 

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Author
Walker, K.
Created
09/04/2006 09:50 AEST
Last Updated
02/05/2011 16:48 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2006) Dermestid beetle (Dermestes frischii) Updated on 5/2/2011 4:48:22 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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