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Cardiophorus asellus (Erichson, 1840)
Cardiophorus asellus belong to the genus Cardiophorus, in the order beetles (Coleoptera), the family Elateridae and the subfamily Cardiophorinae. These beetles are widespread from Western Europe to Siberia, but are absent in the Mediterranean region.
In Bavaria, Cardiophorus asellus are threatened with extinction according to the Red List of threatened animals.

Adults reach body lengths of 7. 5-10. 5 mm. The upper surface of their bodies is densely covered with grey or brown hair and therefore appears grey although it is in fact black. The wing covers (elytra ) have a series of small indentations. The antennae are black and remarkably long. The larvae of these beetles develop in sandy soils.

Cardiophorus (Cardiophorus) asellus
Danish namesErtsfarvet hjertesmælder
Finnish namesHarjukaraseppä
AuthorErichson, 1840
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia
Europe
North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain)), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia))), South Europe (Italy, Monaco), Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Romania, Greece), West Europe (France, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)), East Europe (Belarus)
Caucasus
Georgia
Asia
Far East (Southeast Asia (Indochinese Peninsula (Laos)))
Oceania
Australasia
Australia (Northern Territory)
Africa
Central Africa
São Tomé and Príncipe
America
Central America
El Salvador
North America
USA (Connecticut)


Ecozones: Palaearctic

CountriesAustralia, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Laos, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, São Tomé and Príncipe, Slovakia, Sweden, USA, United Kingdom
Links and ReferencesCardiophorus asellus in faunaeur.org
Cardiophorus asellus in dyntaxa.se

Quick search: Beetle - Asellus - Beetles - Habitat - Black - Grey
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Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderColeoptera
Beetles, Coleopterans
SuborderPolyphaga
Polyphags
InfraorderElateriformia
SuperfamilyElateroidea
Click Beetles, Firefly Beetles, Soldier Beetles, Skipjack Beetles
FamilyElateridae
Skipjacks, Spring beetles, Snapping beetles, Elaters, Click beetles, Wireworms, Skipjack Beetles
SubfamilyCardiophorinae
GenusCardiophorus
SubgenusCardiophorus
Speciesasellus
Cardiophorus asellus
AuthorErichson, 1840
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