Euspilotus scissus

Clown Beetle

Euspilotus scissus





E. scissus is a clown beetle beetle ranging from 2.0mm to 3.0mm. These beetles are similar in size and appearance to H. gaudens, having a reddish color and smooth spot on its pronotum. The distinguishing feature of E. scissus is straighter grooves on their elytra, and a darker body coloration. They are very uncommon, but can be found in areas with other histerids, with no known pattern of occurrence. Their diet is likely dry kelp, but may contain decaying arthropods. As with many of the sandy beach histerids, diet is mainly speculated.  

(Photograph) © Alice Abela