Invasive Species Compendium

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Thanasimus formicarius
(ant beetle)



Thanasimus formicarius (ant beetle)


  • Last modified
  • 21 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Thanasimus formicarius
  • Preferred Common Name
  • ant beetle
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta
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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Thanasimus formicarius Linnaeus

Preferred Common Name

  • ant beetle

Other Scientific Names

  • Clerus formicarius

Local Common Names

  • Denmark: myrebille; praestobille
  • Finland: muurahaiskuoriainen
  • Germany: Borkenkaeferwolf, Gemeiner; Buntkaefer, Gemeiner Ameisen-
  • Norway: maurbille
  • Sweden: myrbagge

EPPO code

  • THANFO (Thanasimus formicarius)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Coleoptera
  •                         Family: Cleridae
  •                             Genus: Thanasimus
  •                                 Species: Thanasimus formicarius

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 10 Jan 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes


CzechoslovakiaPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
Union of Soviet Socialist RepublicsPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
EstoniaPresentCABI (Undated a)
FinlandPresentCABI (Undated a)
FrancePresentCABI (Undated a)
GermanyPresentCABI (Undated a)
ItalyPresentCABI (Undated a)
NorwayPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
PolandPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
RussiaPresentGreathead (Undated)
SpainPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)
SwedenPresentCABI Data Mining (Undated)

North America

United StatesPresentCABI (Undated)Present based on regional distribution.
-West VirginiaPresentCABI (Undated a)


New ZealandPresentIntroduced1977Greathead (Undated)Established

Distribution References

CABI Data Mining, Undated. CAB Abstracts Data Mining.,

CABI, Undated. CABI Compendium: Status inferred from regional distribution. Wallingford, UK: CABI

CABI, Undated a. CABI Compendium: Status as determined by CABI editor. Wallingford, UK: CABI

Greathead DJ, Undated. BIOCAT Database (unpublished)., Wallingford, UK: CAB International.

Natural enemy of

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SpeciesStages attackedCountries where known to occurReferences
Acanthocinus aedilis
Dendroctonus frontalis
Dendroctonus micans
Hylastes aterAdults/Larvae
Hylurgus ligniperdaEggs/Larvae/Pupae
Ips duplicatusEggs/Larvae
Ips sexdentatusAdults/Eggs/Larvae/Nymphs/Pupae
Ips typographusAdults/Larvae
Pissodes castaneusAdults
Pityogenes chalcographusAdults/Larvae
Pityokteines curvidensAdults/Larvae/Pupae
Tomicus minorAdults/Larvae/Pupae
Tomicus piniperdaAdults/Larvae/Pupae
Trypodendron lineatum

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