Belongs within: Heleini. Boreosaragus is a genus of tenebrionid beetles with strong costae on the elytra, found in Northern Australia (Matthews & Bouchard 2008). Characters (from Matthews & Bouchard 2008): Length 12–20 mm. Flightless. Disc of pronotum more or less evenly convex. Pronotal flanges not extended over head. Elytra each with two or three costae,… Continue reading Boreosaragus


Belongs within: Heleini. Platyphanes is a genus of tenebrionid beetles with short antennae and striate elytra found in southern and eastern Australia (Matthews & Bouchard 2008). Characters (from Matthews & Bouchard 2008): Length 14–27 mm. Antennae short, with third segment less than two times as long as fourth. Clypeolabral membrane largely or wholly concealed under… Continue reading Platyphanes


Belongs within: Tenebrionidae. The Titaenini are a Gondwanan group of tenebrionid beetles in which the epipleura end well before the end of the elytra (Matthews & Bouchard 2008). Lichen darklings Published 29 January 2022 The beetles of the family Tenebrionidae, often referred to as the darkling beetles, are a diverse bunch. Members of this family… Continue reading Titaenini


Belongs within: Tenebrionidae. The Triboliini are small, parallel-sided tenebrionid beetles with reniform eyes (Matthews & Bouchard 2008). Characters (from Matthews & Bouchard 2008): Oblong, parallel-sided, moderately convex to subcylindrical, glabrous, fuscous. Total length 2–6 mm. Edge of clypeus nearly straight in middle or shallowly emarginate. Eyes reniform. Labrum transverse, medial tormal arms of epipharynx either… Continue reading Triboliini


Belongs within: Tenebrionidae. The Pimeliini are a primarily Palaearctic tribe of relatively large darkling beetles in which small membranes are visible in the midline only between ventrites 3 to 5 of the abdomen (Matthews & Bouchard 2008). <==Pimeliini |–Trachyderma Latreille 1828MB08 | `–*T. hispida (Forskål 1775)MB08 [=Tenebrio hispidusMB08, Ocnera hispidaG89, Pimelia hispidaMB08] |–PrionothecaB14 | |–P.… Continue reading Pimeliini


Belongs within: Tenebrionidae. Tenebrio, mealworm beetles, is a genus of scavengers on fallen vegetation and organic detritus, with larvae of some species being pests of stored grains. Larvae of the yellow mealworm beetle T. molitor and dark mealworm beetle T. obscurus are also widely cultivated as a food source for pets. Characters (from Matthews &… Continue reading Tenebrio


Belongs within: Tenebrionidae. Tentyria is a Palaearctic genus of darkling beetles with an almost orbicular pronotum and oval hind body. <==Tentyria Latreille 1802L02 |–T. affinis Lucas 1846E12 |–T. cylindrica Soliér 1835K03 |–T. cypria Kraatz 1865K03 |–T. glabra [=Akis glabra]L02 |–T. mesostenoides Baudi 1881G89 |–T. orbiculataG89 [=Akis orbiculataL02, Pimelia orbiculataG89] |–T. puncticeps Mill. 1861G89 |–T. rotundata… Continue reading Tentyria


Belongs within: Tenebrionidae. The Sepidiini are a group of mostly nocturnal, ground-dwelling beetles found in Africa and south-western Asia. Members of the subtribe Sepidiina bear an anterior process on the pronotum, projecting above the head (Bouchard 2014). <==SepidiiniB14 | i. s.: PsammophanesB14 | SepidiostenusB14 | VietomorphaB14 `–SepidiinaB14 |–EchinotusB14 |–PeringueyiaB14 |–VietaB14 | |–V. gracilenta Ancey 1881G89… Continue reading Sepidiini


Belongs within: Tenebrionidae. Adesmia is a genus of long-legged tenebrionid beetles found in arid regions of the Old World. <==Adesmia [Adesmiini, Epiphysini] |–A. austera Baudi 1881G89 |–A. bicarinata [=Pimelia bicarinata]G89 |–A. buqueti Baudi 1875G89 |–A. convergensG89 |–A. dilatata [=Pimelia dilatata; incl. A. insignis Mill. 1861]G89 |–A. interruptaG89 [=Pimelia (Tentyria) interruptaG89, G20] |–A. lacunosa [=Pimelia lacunosa]G89… Continue reading Adesmia


Belongs within: Lagriinae. Laena is a large genus of tenebrionid beetles found from eastern Europe to south-east Asia. Laena and closely related genera are distinguished from other tenebrionids by the absence of defensive glands on abdominal segments 7 and 8 (Schawaller 1998). <==Laena [Laenini] |–L. alpina Kaszab 1977K77 |–L. augur Kaszab 1973K77 |–L. bembidion Kaszab… Continue reading Laena