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Last updated 01/16/2009

  California Beetle Project > Species Pages > Ischnosoma hospitale


Scientific name: Ischnosoma hospitale (Fall)
    Order Coleoptera
    Superfamily Staphylinoidea
    Family Staphylinidae

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What it looks like: 3.7-4.7 mm in length. Its body is oval-shaped, elongate, and shiny reddish-brown. It has short elytra and long, slightly clubbed antennae. The exposed abdomen is covered in long, dense, bristle-like hairs. Its legs are long and robust.

Where you'll find it: This species only occurs in California near the coast.

Natural History: These beetles are found in a variety of leaf litter, ranging from maple to laurel to oak. They appear to be most active from January through April.

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

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