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Anobium punctatum
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Infraorder: Bostrichiformia
Superfamily: Bostrichoidea
Family: Anobiidae
Subfamily: Anobiinae
Genus: Anobium
Fabricius, 1775

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Anobium is a genus of beetles in the family Anobiidae.[1] The name Anobium comes from the Greek for "lifeless", inspired by the beetles' habit of playing dead when disturbed.[2]

Most species eat wood and wood products. The common furniture beetle (A. punctatum) is known for damaging books.[2]

Several fossil beetles of this genus have been described from the Green River Formation and from Baltic amber.[3]

Extant species include:


  1. ^ Anobium. Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).
  2. ^ a b Gămălie, G. and M. Mustaţă. (2006). The attack of anobiids on books from the ecclesiastic patrimony. European Journal of Science and Theology 2(2), 69-81.
  3. ^ Hawkeswood, T., et al. (2009). Anobium jacquelinae sp. nov., a new wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Anobiidae) from Baltic amber. G It Ent 12 181-87.

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