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  California Beetle Project > Species Pages > Agabinus glabrellus


Scientific name: Agabinus glabrellus (Motschulsky)
    Order Coleoptera
    Family Dytiscidae

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What it looks like: 4.9-5.5 mm in length. Its body is shiny black and oval-shaped. Its antennae are reddish-yellow and its legs are dark reddish-brown.

Where you'll find it: This species can be found from southwestern British Columbia down to California.

Natural History: These water beetles have been collected in a variety of habitats from mountain streams to coastal springs. However, they are rarely abundant. They have been found in pools with high concentrations of toxins and pollutants, indicating that they are adaptable.

This page was written by Maren Farnum, a 2005 California Beetle Project intern.

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