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Last updated 01/16/2009

  California Beetle Project > Species Pages > Lioon simplicipes


Scientific name: Lioon simplicipes (Mannerheim)
    Order Coleoptera
    Superfamily Byrrhoidea
    Family Byrrhidae

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What it looks like: 3.2-4.1 mm in length. Its body is reddish-black, very robust and round. Fine hairs and small, shallow punctures cover the entire form. The antennae are short and slightly clubbed.

Where you'll find it: These beetles can be found from coastal central California to southeastern Alaska and as far east as the Cascade Mountains in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.

Natural History: This species, along with most others in its family, grazes on moss as adults.

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

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