Cleridae

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

Trogossitidae

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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Cleroidea

Belongs within: Coleoptera.Contains: Byturidae, Peltidae, Trogossitidae, Cleridae, Melyridae. The Cleroidea are a clade of beetles supported by molecular data, as well as by the structure of the aedeagus in males (McKenna et al. 2015). Representatives include the Prionoceridae, an Old World family of elongate beetles with soft elytra, pentamerous tarsi and, in males, a comb on… Continue reading Cleroidea

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Lemidia

Belongs within: Cleridae. Lemidia is an Australian genus of small, often brilliant checkered beetles with a pronotum narrower at the base than the elytra. <==Lemidia |–L. biaculeata Westw. 1849M86 |–L. bifurcata Gorham 1877M86 |–L. carissima Pascoe 1860M86 |–L. concinna Gorham 1877M86 |–L. conferta Newm. 1842M86 |–L. dia Gorham 1877M86 |–L. elongata Gorham 1877M86 |–L. exilis… Continue reading Lemidia

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Eleale

Belongs within: Cleridae. Eleale is an Australian genus of checkered beetles with finely faceted eyes and clubbed antennae with a more or less emarginate apical segment. <==Eleale |–E. alboscutellata Chev. 1874M86 |–E. anormis Chev. 1874M86 |–E. apicalis Macleay 1872M86 |–E. aspera Newm. 1841 [incl. E. herbacea, E. rugosa Newm. 1842, E. unicolor]M86 |–E. aulicodes Gorham… Continue reading Eleale

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Stigmatium

Belongs within: Cleridae. Stigmatium is an African and Indo-Australian genus of checkered beetles with serrate antennae and dark apices on the elytra. <==Stigmatium |–S. albifrons Chev. 1878M86 |–S. fasciatoventre Chev. 1874M86 |–S. flavescens Chev. 1874M86 |–S. gilberti White 1859M86 |–S. laevius Macleay 1872M86 |–S. linealba Chev. 1874M86 |–S. mastersi Macleay 1872M86 |–S. miserum Chev. 1874M86… Continue reading Stigmatium

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Clerinae

Belongs within: Cleridae. The Clerinae are a subfamily of checkered beetles with deeply emarginate eyes, fore coxal cavities open behind, and the fourth and third tarsomeres subequal in size. Members of the genera Priocera and Perilypus have the antennae serrate whereas they are more or less capitate in other genera. The terminal maxillary palpomere is trigonal in Opilo, Trichodes and… Continue reading Clerinae

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Melyridae

Belongs within: Cleroidea.Contains: Listrini, Dasytes, Malachiinae. The Melyridae are a group of relatively soft-bodied beetles that are usually predacious or scavengers as larvae but commonly flower-feeders as adults. The elytra are commonly reduced in the subfamily Malachiinae but not in the subfamilies Melyrinae and Dasytinae. Melyrinae are often brightly coloured (bicoloured as in Malachiinae or… Continue reading Melyridae

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Laius

Belongs within: Malachiinae. Laius is a genus of relatively small, often reddish soft-bodied beetles. The Queensland species L. alleni is distinctive in having an entirely dark dorsum, as well as lacking long hairs and having dilated and grooved front femora and tibiae (Lea 1909). Characters (from Lea 1909): Comparatively small; usually reddish with metallic-blue, purple… Continue reading Laius

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Carphurus

Belongs within: Malachiinae. Carphurus is a genus of soft-bodied beetles with shortened elytra. Antennae are not flabellate and the head is usually more or less convex in males (Lea 1909). The species C. myrmecophilus was described by Lea (1919) from specimens collected in a nest of the meat ant Iridomyrmex purpureus. CarphurusL09 |–C. alterniventris Fairm.… Continue reading Carphurus

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