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Most tenebrionids, or "darkling beetles," are scavengers, but some feed on grain or grain products, and a few are possibly predaceous.  Those reported as predators were found in association with bark and wood borers (Clausen 1940/1962).  Tenebrionids are common in arid areas of the American west, apparently occupying the niche that is commonly inhabited by Carabidae in greener areas.  Tenebrionidae are commonly found in animal dung, which through their movements, may aid to decompose (see section on Medical/Veterinary Pests).



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