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Containing group: Anthicidae


The Eurygeniinae subfamily consist of three tribes, 30 recent genera and a single fossil genus. Among the Eurygeniinae are the largest representatives of the family Anthicidae with a total body lenght up to 18 mm. Body slender and elongate. Members of this subfamily are known from all biogeographic realms (with exception of the Antarctic), being most diverse in Australia, Nearctic and Neotropical regions. Many genera have been revised by M. Abdullah in the 1960-ies, but several of them with no doubt should be carefully re-examined and the status of several of the genera needs to be re-evaluated.


Frontoclypeal suture absent, frons gradually declivous. Mandibles broad and bidentate apically. Eyes large and anterior margin more or less distinctly emarginate. Neck broad, about 1/3 to 1/2 of maximum head width, coarsely strigose.

Anterior margin of pronotum with dorsal rim protruding and ventral rim distinctly narrower. Antebasal sulcus well developed.

Mesosternum triangular.

Metacoxae contiguous or separated by narrow acute intercoxal projection of the first sternite.

Legs with distinct tibial spurs.

Male genitalia with phallobase and tegmen distinct. Penis free.

Key to most tribes and genera presented by Abdullah (1969).


Note: all taxa below are listed alphabetically.


Abdullah M. 1969. The Natural classification of the Family Anthicidae with Some Ecological and Ethological Observations (Coleoptera). - Deutsche entomologische Zeitschrift 16, No. 4/5: 323-366.

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Scientific Name Stereopalpus centroasiaticus
Location Kasakhstan
Creator Dmitry Telnov
Specimen Condition Dead Specimen
Identified By D.Telnov
Sex Female
Life Cycle Stage imago
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Collection D.Telnov, Riga
Copyright © 2000 Dmitry Telnov
Scientific Name Telesinus vittatus
Location Madagascar
Reference Telnov D. 2009. Review of the Genus Telesinus Fairmaire, 1903, with a General Discussion on African Eurygeniinae (Coleoptera: Anthicidae). Mitteilungen des Internationalen Entomologischen Vereins e.V. 34, No. 3/4: 93-113.
Creator Dmitry Paramonov
Acknowledgements Herewith I thank Dmitry Paramonov, excellent wildlife artist (Riga / Latvia), for this habitus drawing
Specimen Condition Dead Specimen
Identified By D.Telnov
Sex Male
Life Cycle Stage imago
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Size 4,63 mm
Collection The Natural History Museum
Type Holotype
Collector C.Tingle
Copyright © 2009 Dmitry Telnov
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Telnov, Dmitry. 2011. Eurygeniinae. Version 06 January 2011 (under construction). http://tolweb.org/Eurygeniinae/145023/2011.01.06 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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