Omorgus Khandesh

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Recently, a scientist from the Zoological Survey of India, Western Regional Centre (WRC), Pune discovered a new beetle species.

About Omorgus Khandesh:

  • It is a necrophagous and also called a keratin beetle.
  • This species belongs to the Trogidae family. With the addition of this new species, now there are a total of 14 extant species of this family in India.
  • The beetles of this group are sometimes called hide beetles as they tend to cover their body under the soil and hide.
  • It is mainly associated with bird and mammal nests or burrows.

What is necrophagous?

  • The arthropods which feed directly on dead remains and constitute are called necrophagous


Q1) What are beetles?

 Beetles are insects in the Order Coleoptera – which means ‘sheath-winged’. This refers to their generally most obvious characteristic – they almost always have forewings modified to form protective wing cases,covering the hind wings used for flight.

Source: Meet ‘Omorgus Khandesh’, a newly discovered Indian beetle: It can help forensic science