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photo gallery of the beetle fauna of Germany

With a photo gallery of 2541 species out of 7000 beetle species known to occur in Germany, kerbtier.de provides support in the determination of beetles (Coleoptera). The user can search beetle species both by name and appearance and can compare photos of species side-by-side. In the section fauna records of notable species and modules for the display of their geographic distribution and seasonal activity period are available. Weblinks, hints on books, a forum for beetle ID and a glossary of entomology round off the offering.

Last update:
Fri, Sep 23rd, 2016

Latest news:
Sep 18th, 2016: The map module can now search for geo­graphical coor­dinates...
Featured species till Sep 30th: Abdera quadrifasciata (Curt., 1829)
The 2.5 to 4 mm large false darkling beetle Abdera quadrifasciata (family Melandryidae) is in Germany one of five representatives, which is otherwise present with several species both in the Palearctic and in the Nearctic. The stenotopic, silvicolous species is known to occur in Western, Eastern and Southern Europe, but only sporadically in Central Europe. The beetles can be found in warm habitats on stems and branches of various deciduous trees infested with fungi, mainly oak (Quercus), beech (Fagus), chestnut (Castanea) and hazel (Corylus). Most of the discoveries are made from branches of oak in the presence of the fungus False Turkey Tail (Stereum hirsutum). In Germany the occurrences are rare and scattered and are centered in the southwest and west of Germany. Abdera quadrifasciata is regarded as vulnerable (RL 3).
Latest notable records:
Remarkable records from Baden, Württemberg and the Palatinate...
Featured family:
Atholus bimaculatus
The clown beetles (Histe­ridae) comprises very small (1 mm), but also...
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