Scirtidae

Belongs within: Scirtoidea.Contains: Scirtes, Prionocyphon. The Scirtidae are a group of small to moderate-sized beetles mostly found in vegetation near water, with larvae mostly being aquatic detritivores (Lawrence & Britton 1991). Members of the genera Scirtes and Ora have the femora of the hind legs greatly enlarged and adapted for jumping. Ora species have the hind coxae… Continue reading Scirtidae

Derodontidae

Belongs within: Scirtoidea. The Derodontidae are a group of small beetles with paired ocelli that feed on fungi. Members of the genus Peltastica, found in northeastern Asia and North America, are distinguished by broadly flattened and explanate sides on the prothorax (Bouchard 2014). Characters (from Lawrence & Britton 1991): Head with paired ocelli and series… Continue reading Derodontidae

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Eucinetidae

Belongs within: Scirtoidea. The Eucinetidae is a small family of beetles with a reduced prothorax and deflexed head. Where feeding habits of eucinetids are known, they feed on slime moulds or mushrooms. Characters (from Lawrence & Britton 1991): Small, fusiform, with reduced prothorax, narrow deflexed head, very large oblique hind coxae with plates partly concealing… Continue reading Eucinetidae

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