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Ptinus fur.jpg
Ptinus fur
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Infraorder: Bostrichiformia
Superfamily: Bostrichoidea
Family: Anobiidae
Subfamily: Ptininae
Genus: Ptinus
Linnaeus, 1767

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Ptinus is a genus of beetles distributed throughout much of the world, including Africa, the Australian region, the Palearctic, the Near East, the Nearctic, and the Neotropic ecozone. It is a member of the subfamily Ptininae, the spider beetles.

About 24 species have been found associated with stored food products in various parts of the world.[1] Both adults and larvae of which feed on grain, dried fruit, spices and other dried foodstuffs.[1] The sub-species Ptinus tectus is considered a pest species in Museums and can damage stored objects and collections.[2]

Taxa include:[3]


  1. ^ a b Mound,L. 1989. Common Insect Pests of Stored Food Products: A Guide to their Identification, British Museum (Natural History) Economic Series No. 15, London: British Museum, 37.
  2. ^ Pinnager, D. 2001. Pest Management in Museums, Archives and Historic Houses. Archetype Publications.
  3. ^ Ptinus subgenera. Fauna Europaea.
  4. ^ Bellés, X. (2012). Ptinus bertranpetiti, a new species of spider beetle from Socotra Island (Coleoptera: Ptinidae). In: Hájek, J. and J. Bezděk. (eds.) Insect Biodiversity of the Socotra Archipelago. Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 52, supplementum 2, 219-22.
  5. ^ Philips, T. K. and M. E. Smiley. (2010). Ptinus hispaniolaensis, a new species of spider beetle (Coleoptera: Ptinidae) from Hispaniola. Florida Entomologist 93(4), 567-70.
  6. ^ Borowski, J. (2008). New species of Ptinus s. str. from Sardinia and adjacent islands (Coeleoptera: Ptinidae). Studies and reports of District Museum Prague – East Taxonomical Series 4(1-2) 1-4.