Sphaerites is a genus of beetles, the only genus in the family Sphaeritidae, sometimes called the false clown beetles. It is closely related to the clown beetles but with distinct characteristics. There are five known species, widespread in temperate area but not commonly seen.

Adults range in length from 4.5–7 mm, with oval bodies, black but with a slight bluish-green sheen.

The life histories are poorly known, but they are generally found around decaying matter and fungi. S. glabratus is associated with conifer forests in northern Europe, and seems especially attracted to sap flows from trees, feeding and then mating.

Sphaerites glabratus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Sphaeritidae
Genus: Sphaerites
Duftschmid, 1805


These four species belong to the genus Sphaerites:

  • Sphaerites dimidiatus Jurecek, 1934 i c g
  • Sphaerites glabratus (Fabricius, 1792) i c g
  • Sphaerites nitidus Löbl, 1996 i c g
  • Sphaerites opacus Löbl & Háva, 2002
  • Sphaerites politus Mannerheim, 1846 i c g b

Data sources: i = ITIS,[1] c = Catalogue of Life,[2] g = GBIF,[3] b = Bugguide.net[4]


  1. ^ "Sphaerites Report". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  2. ^ "Browse Sphaerites". Catalogue of Life. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  3. ^ "Sphaerites". GBIF. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  4. ^ "Sphaerites Genus Information". BugGuide.net. Retrieved 2018-05-02.

External links

List of Augochlora species

This is a list of 118 species in Augochlora, a genus of sweat bees in the family Halictidae.

List of beetle species of Great Britain

This is a list of beetle species in Britain.

Sphaerites politus

Sphaerites politus is a species of false clown beetle in the family Sphaeritidae. It is found in North America.

Extant Coleoptera families


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