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Discheramocephalus minutissimus

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Kingdom  Animalia
Class  Insecta
Family  Ptiliidae
Rank  Species
Phylum  Arthropoda
Order  Coleoptera
Subfamily  Ptiliinae

Discheramocephalus minutissimus is a species of feather-winged beetle, the smallest beetles on earth, first found in Indonesia. This species' adults have a body length of approximately 400 to 426µm. According to Grebennikov, the main factor limiting miniaturisation of female insects is an egg size significant enough in size to produce viable larvae. This size threshold is sometimes overcome, reaching limits of 180 and 130 µm in females and males, respectively, according to the author. Brain size is possibly the second most important factor limiting miniaturisation in this class.

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Discheramocephalus minutissimus Wikipedia


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