Red flour beetle

Red flour beetle
Tribolium castaneum.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Tenebrionidae
Genus: Tribolium
T. castaneum
Binomial name
Tribolium castaneum
(Herbst, 1797)

Numerous, see text

The red flour beetle (Tribolium castaneum) is a species of beetle in the family Tenebrionidae, the darkling beetles. It is a worldwide pest of stored products, particularly food grains, and a model organism for ethological and food safety[1] research.

  1. ^ Grünwald, S.; et al. (2013). "The Red Flour Beetle Tribolium castaneum as a Model to Monitor Food Safety and Functionality". Adv Biochem Eng Biotechnol. Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology. 135: 111–122. doi:10.1007/10_2013_212. ISBN 978-3-642-39862-9. PMID 23748350.

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