Animal Species:Carrion Beetle

The Carrion Beetle is a large and conspicuous member of the family Silphidae.

Standard Common Name

Carrion Beetle

Size range

1.8 cm - 2.5 cm

Distribution

The Carrion Beetle is found throughout eastern Australia.

Habitat

The Carrion Beetle lives in urban areas, forests and woodlands, heath and intertidal areas.

Feeding and Diet

The adults and larvae feed on fly maggots and the rotting flesh of animals. Road-killed animal carcasses often have Carrion Beetles in or on them.

Other behaviours and adaptations

Adult Carrion Beetles are commonly attracted to lights.

Classification

Species:
perlata
Genus:
Ptomaphila
Subfamily:
Silphinae
Family:
Silphidae
Superfamily:
Staphylinoidea
Suborder:
Polyphaga
Order:
Coleoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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