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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.
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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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Among these were 41 Coleoptera (including 4 Mycotrupes (Coleoptera: Geotrupidae), 3 Tenebrionids, 1 Cerambycid, 4 Phyllophaga (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) larvae and 1 Anomala (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) larva) 1 Cetoniid larva, 6 Lepisma saccharina (L.
In addition, two tenebrionids were reported with northern distributions.
Similar percentage dehydration is tolerated by other beetles; certain tenebrionids tolerated >50 percent, chrysomelids survived up to 46 percent water loss, and two other cerambycids survived 35 to 40 percent weight loss (Gehrken and Somme 1994, Chen et al.
Essentially serving as woodland refugia, these sites are dominated numerically by tenebrionids, although the stabilized soils and accumulated humus and leaf litter contribute to habitats capable of supporting a great taxonomic array of carabids and scarabaeoids at all life stages.
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).