scavenger beetle

scavenger beetle

n
(Animals) any beetle of the mostly aquatic family Hydrophilidae, having clubbed antennae and long palps, and usually feeding on decaying vegetation
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A water scavenger beetle called Cryptopleurum subtile was collected during a survey of woody debris along the River Nethy near Aviemore.
The objective of this study was to provide a first assessment of the species richness and diversity of scavenger beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae, Coleoptera: Geotrupidae, and Coleoptera: Silphidae) of the LIPB in unburned and recently burned areas.
I collected scavenger beetles with baited pitfall traps at two locations (Rocky Point and Westhampton) within the LIPB from April 13 to October 12, 1996.