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30.04.2021
Onthophilus striatus (Forst., 1771)
Onthophilus striatus
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The 2 to 2.5 mm large clown beetle Onthophilus striatus (family Histeridae) is one of four representatives of the genus in Europe. The holarctic genus comprises approx. 40 species, thereof two recorded from Germany. Some species in the genus live in the burrows of small mammals, others are phytodetricolous. Onthophilus striatus is known to occur in Southern, Western and Central Europe including the British Isles. The eurytopic, phytodetricolous species lives on grassland, in gardens and river meadows and at the edges of forests. The beetles can be found in decaying plant matter (also mushrooms), in compost, in dung heaps and straw, as well as in dung, carrion and bird nests. In Germany the species is widespread, but recent records are missing from the eastern Federal States. Onthophilus striatus is not endangered. (CB)


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