Golden spider beetle

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Golden spider beetle
Niptus.hololeucus.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Ptinidae
Genus: Niptus
Species: N. hololeucus
Binomial name
Niptus hololeucus
(Faldermann ) , 1836

The golden spider beetle, Niptus hololeucus, is a species of Spider beetle (subfamily Ptinidae) in the family Anobiidae.[1]

Description[edit]

N. hololeucus is 3-4.5mm in length.[2] Its body is covered in silky golden hairs and fine scales.

Habitat[edit]

N. hololeucus may be a pest of a wide variety of cereal based food products.[2]

Distribution[edit]

It is a temperate species originating in West Asia but now cosmopolitan. It is widespread across western Europe.[3] A single record was first recorded in Iran in a cave 2014.[4] N. hololeucus is one of the two species of Niptus to be found in caves.[4]

Gallery[edit]

Scanning electron microscope images of Niptus hololeucus
front and below 
the claw 
front 
mouthpart 
top front 

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Niptus hololeucus (Faldermann, 1835) [Golden Spider Beetle]". NBN. 2012–2013. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  2. ^ a b "Golden spider beetle, Niptus hololeucus". PestWeb. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  3. ^ "Niptus hololeucus (Falderman, 1836)". 2016-07-25. Retrieved 2017-01-25. 
  4. ^ a b Dashan, M.; Sadeghi, S; Bakhshi, Y.; Malek-Hosseini, M.J (2014). "First record and redescription of Niptus hololeucus (Faldermann, 1835) from Kangohar Cave (Coleoptera: Ptinidae)". Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics. 10 (2): 81–85.