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Agathidium vaderi

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Agathidium mandibulare
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Leiodidae
Subfamily: Leiodinae
Genus: Agathidium
Panzer, 1797
over 100 species

Agathidium is a genus of beetles in the family Leiodidae.

A. bushi, A. cheneyi and A. rumsfeldi are species of this genus named after George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld respectively, by two former Cornell entomologists, Dr Kelly B. Miller (now at University of New Mexico[1]) and Dr Quentin D. Wheeler (now at Arizona State University). According to Miller and Wheeler, the naming of the beetles (who were three of 65 species to be named) was done in homage to the political figures.[2] The same authors named A. vaderi after the fictional Darth Vader.

Some species can roll themselves up into an almost complete sphere, similar to pillbugs. Some males have horns on their left mandibles to dislodge rival males.[3]

Selected species

Agathidium arcticum Thomson, 1862
Agathidium atrum (Paykull, 1798)
Agathidium badium Erichson, 1845
Agathidium bushi Miller et Wheeler, 2005
Agathidium cheneyi Miller et Wheeler, 2005
Agathidium confusum Brisout de Barneville, 1863
Agathidium convexum Sharp, 1866
Agathidium discoideum Erichson, 1845
Agathidium gutianense Angelini et Cooter, 1999
Agathidium haemorrhoum Erichson, 1845
Agathidium laevigatum Erichson, 1845
Agathidium mandibulare Sturm, 1807
Agathidium marginatum Sturm, 1807
Agathidium nigrinum Sturm, 1807
Agathidium nigripenne (Fabricius, 1792)
Agathidium pallidum (Gyllenhal, 1827)
Agathidium pisanum Brisout de Barneville, 1872
Agathidium plagiatum (Gyllenhal, 1810)
Agathidium pulchellum Wankowicz, 1869
Agathidium rotundatum (Gyllenhal, 1827)
Agathidium rumsfeldi Miller et Wheeler, 2005
Agathidium seminulum (Linnaeus, 1758)
Agathidium vaderi Miller et Wheeler, 2005
Agathidium varians Beck, 1817


  • Miller, Kelly B; Wheeler, Quentin D (2005). "Slime-mold beetles of the genus Agathidium Panzer in North and Central America, part II. Coleoptera: Leiodidae." Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 291(1): 1-167. Free PDF reprint

External links

  • Press Release from Cornell News
  • Dr Kelly B Miller's homepage
  • Dr Quentin D Wheeler's homepage
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