Belongs within: Tenebrionoidea. The Ciidae are a group of beetles that mostly feed as both larvae and adults on basidiomycete fruiting bodies, though some may feed on rotting vegetation (Lawrence & Britton 1991). In most species (forming the subfamily Ciinae) the antenna has eight to ten segments and bears tufts of sensilla on each segment,… Continue reading Ciidae

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Belongs within: Cleroidea.Contains: Lemidia, Stigmatium, Eleale, Hydnocerinae, Enopliinae, Epiphloeinae, Clerinae, Necrobia. The Cleridae, checkered beetles, are a family of elongate, hairy beetles, some if which are brightly coloured. Most clerids are predatory on other insects both as adults and larvae. Members of the family have five-segmented tarsi but the fourth tarsomere is concealed within the… Continue reading Cleridae


Belongs within: Tenebrionoidea. The Ulodidae are a Gondwanan family of beetles, members of which were formerly classified with the Tenebrionidae or Zopheridae. Many species have a vestiture of scales and bear waxy encrustations. The tarsal formula is 4-4-4 in the genus Meryx but 5-5-4 in Ulodinae, which also have expanded pronotal margins. Ulodinae are known… Continue reading Ulodidae


Belongs within: Cucujoidea.Contains: Meligethes, Kateretidae, Nitidulinae, Cillaeinae, Carpophilus. The Nitidulidae are a morphologically and ecologically diverse group of small beetles, many of which feed on fungi but which may also feed on live or decaying vegetation. They may be distinguished by the combination of a three-segmented antennal club, five-segmented tarsi with dilated tarsomeres and a… Continue reading Nitidulidae


Belongs within: Cucujoidea. The Monotomidae are a group of elongate, parallel-sided beetles generally found under wood or in decaying vegetable matter (Bouchard 2014). Members of the Rhizophaginae have transverse fore coxae whereas the fore coxae are more or less rounded in Monotominae (Bousquet 2002). Characters (from Lawrence & Britton 1991): Elongate, parallel-sided, subcylindrical to flattened,… Continue reading Monotomidae


Belongs within: Coleoptera.Contains: Monotomidae, Nitidulidae, Xenoscelinae, Pharaxonothinae, Erotylinae, Cryptophilinae, Languriinae, Loberinae, Sphindidae, Cryptophagidae, Passandridae, Phalacridae, Laemophloeidae, Cucujidae, Silvanidae. The Cucujoidea are an assemblage of beetles characterised by the presence of a ring-type (cucujoid) aedeagus in the male and a more or less cylindrical, pygopod-like tenth abdominal segment in the larva. Larvae also usually have a… Continue reading Cucujoidea


Belongs within: Cleroidea.Contains: Temnochilini. The Trogossitidae are a morphologically diverse group of predatory or mycophagous beetles, commonly found under bark. Members of the subfamily Egoliinae have a compact, one- or two-segmented antennal club whereas that of Trogossitinae is large, loose and three-segmented (Lawrence & Britton 1991). Members of the genus Calitys have a symmetrical antennal… Continue reading Trogossitidae

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Belongs within: Cucujoidea.Contains: Psammoecini, Silvaninae. The Silvanidae are a group of elongate, more or less flattened beetles found living in leaf litter and under bark; several species are widely distributed as storage pests. They have been divided between the subfamilies Silvaninae and Brontinae, distinguished by the respective presence or absence of an antennal club (Thomas… Continue reading Silvanidae


Belongs within: Cucujoidea.Contains: Tritomini. The Erotylinae are a clade of beetles associated with fungi, usually macroscopic Basidiomycetes (Leschen 2003). Many species are brightly coloured and produce distasteful defensive chemicals from pores and joints on the body (Bouchard 2014). The antennal insertions are visible from above in members of tribes Dacnini, Megalodacnini and Tritomini but concealed… Continue reading Erotylinae


Belongs within: Phytophaga.Contains: Donaciinae, Hispinae, Criocerinae, Sagrinae, Bruchidae, Cassidinae, Eumolpinae, Lamprosomatinae, Cryptocephalini, Clytrini, Chlamisini, Galerucinae, Chrysomelini. The Chrysomelidae, leaf beetles, are a cosmopolitan family of beetles that mostly feed on living plant tissue. Adults feed externally whereas larvae may feed either externally or internally. Chrysomelids are highly varied in external appearance but are united by… Continue reading Chrysomelidae