A Guide to the Insects of the Coal Oil Point Reserve

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  Insects of Coal Oil Point > Guide > Coleoptera - Beetles > Hydrophilidae

Hydrophilidae - Water scavenger beetles

Mostadult water scavenger beetles are, unsurprisingly, aquatic scavengers.The Reserve's aquatic habitats include Devereux slough, which hosts acouple of salt-tolerant hydrophilids. There are also a few speciesfound in the freshwater dune pond, as well as in the vernal pools inthe appropriate season. But not all hydrophilids are aquatic. Probablythe most common hydrophilid at Coal Oil Point is Cercyon fimbriatus, which lives in rotting wrack.

Hydrophilid Photos
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Berosus sp.

Enochrus hamiltoni

Enochrus californicus

Cymbiodyta sp.

Tropisternus sp.

Cercyon fimbriatus

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