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 (tə-nĕb′rē-ə-nĭd′, tĕn′ə-brī′-)
[From New Latin Tenebriōnidae, family name, from Tenebriō, type genus, from Latin tenebriō, tenebriōn-, one who avoids light, from tenebrae, darkness.]

te·neb′ri·o·nid′ adj.


(Animals) any beetle of the family Tenebrionidae

dark′ling bee`tle

any brown or black beetle of the family Tenebrionidae, the larvae of which feed on decaying plant matter.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tenebrionid - sluggish hard-bodied black terrestrial weevil whose larvae feed on e.g. decaying plant material or graintenebrionid - sluggish hard-bodied black terrestrial weevil whose larvae feed on e.g. decaying plant material or grain
weevil - any of several families of mostly small beetles that feed on plants and plant products; especially snout beetles and seed beetles
family Tenebrionidae, Tenebrionidae - a family of arthropods including darkling beetles and mealworms
flour beetle, flour weevil - an insect that infests flour and stored grains
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revivensis, which consists mostly of tenebrionid beetles, is positively correlated with the taxonomic diversity of terrestrial arthropods available in the desert (Shulov 1948; Lubin et al.
Collectively, detritus and seeds provide food for a wide range of species including termites, ants, crickets, and tenebrionid beetles, accounting for their high biomass and species richness in deserts (Crawford, 1991; Seely, 1991; Sanchez-Pinero and Polis, 2000).
gordonii extract on the feeding behavior of a close relative to the native species of tenebrionid beetle, we hope to develop results that can be compared to the species of beetle that would potentially feed on this plant in the wild (Hamilton et al.
2003), and 19% of all tenebrionid species known from the eastern U.
Water balance and temperature preferences, and their role in regulating activity times of tenebrionid beetles.
Neither of the two species unique to Camp Site, Asidina furcata (Champion) and an unidentified tenebrionid, were large components of the survey and are most likely incidental collections.
1] in desert tenebrionid beetles (Nicholson, Louw, and Edney, 1984) to 270 [micro]g [cm.
In contrast, only one nebenkern cluster is found in the tenebrionid beetle, Palembus der mestoides Fairm (de Almeida et al.
While this study concentrated mostly on a comparison of tenebrionid beetles between 2,4,5-T-sprayed sites and controls for studies of mesquite herbicides, all salvageable spiders were preserved as specimens.
Another plesiomorphic species, Psammoduon deserticola (Simon 1910), from the Namib Desert, attacked tenebrionid larvae on the sand's surface.