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The Lesser Mealworm, Alphitobius diaperinus, in the Scrotum of Rattus norvegicus, with Notes on Other Vertebrate Associations (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae; Rodentia, Muridae)

Philip G. Crook, John A. Novak and T. J. Spilman
The Coleopterists Bulletin
Vol. 34, No. 4 (Dec., 1980), pp. 393-396
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4007928
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The Lesser Mealworm, Alphitobius diaperinus, in the Scrotum of Rattus norvegicus, with Notes on Other Vertebrate Associations (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae; Rodentia, Muridae)
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Abstract

Larvae and adults of Alphitobius diaperinus, the lesser mealworm, bored into and lived in the scrotum of Rattus norvegicus, the Norway rat, on Negros Island, Philippines. The lesser mealworm, a pest of stored food products, sometimes associates with bats, poultry and other birds, and several vertebrates; literature reports of such associations are reviewed.

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