Belongs within: Meloinae. American hitch-hikers Published 11 June 2024 One of the major sticking points in the classification of the Meloidae, the blister beetles, has been the question of what to make of the Tetraonycini. This distinctive assemblage of blister beetles is unique to the Americas, and exhibits a number of features that stand out… Continue reading Tetraonycini


Belongs within: Coleoptera.Contains: Stenotrachelidae, Ripiphoridae, Mycteridae, Scraptiidae, Monommatidae, Lymexylidae, Mordellidae, Meloidae, Anthicidae, Tenebrionidae, Zopheridae, Pyrochroidae, Boridae, Aderidae, Tetratomidae, Ciidae, Melandryidae, Salpingidae, Oedemeridae, Mycetophagidae, Eustrophinae, Ulodidae. The Tenebrionoidea are a clade of beetles characterised by the possession of a heteromeroid aedeagus, with the ventral portion of the tegmen desclerotised so that its sclerotised portion lies entirely… Continue reading Tenebrionoidea


Belongs within: Tenebrionoidea. The Scraptiidae are soft-bodied beetles with deeply emarginate eyes that may often be observed around flowers (Pollock 2002). Characters (from Pollock 2002): Description: Body elongate, about 2.0–2.8 times longer than maximum width, parallel-sided to slightly ovate; slightly flattened to moderately convex dorsally; dorsum with distinct punctation or other macrosculpturing, with or without… Continue reading Scraptiidae


Belongs within: Tenebrionoidea.Contains: Ripiphorinae. The Ripiphoridae are a group of beetles whose larvae are parasitoids of other insects. In members of the subfamily Ripiphorinae and male Ripidiinae, the elytra are more or less reduced and either apically dehiscent and acute or leave the hind wings largely exposed; in female Ripidiinae, both elytra and hind wings… Continue reading Ripiphoridae


Belongs within: Tenebrionoidea. The Salpingidae are a group of elongate, more or less flattened beetles that are usually found among vegetation, and whose larvae feed on bark or phloem under bark or in dead twigs (Lawrence & Britton 1991). Molecular phylogenetic analysis (McKenna et al. 2015) suggests that the Salpingidae are paraphyletic to the similar… Continue reading Salpingidae


Belongs within: Tenebrionoidea.Contains: Oedemera, Asclerini. The Oedemeridae are a group of elongate, soft-bodied beetles whose larvae feed on dead wood. Adults may feed on pollen or be short-lived and not feed at all. Members of this family are commonly known as false blister beetles due to their resemblance to the blister beetles of the Meloidae, which… Continue reading Oedemeridae


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: Tenebrionidae. The Ulomini are a pantropical tribe of tenebrionid beetles found in well-rotted wood in forests. The Australian Typhluloma inops lacks eyes and may be a myrmecophile (Matthews & Bouchard 2008). Characters (from Matthews & Bouchard 2008): Oblong, parallel-sided, convex, glabrous, piceous. Total length 4–20 mm. Edge of clypeus more or less straight in middle,… Continue reading Ulomini


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: Tenebrionidae. Dig, darkling Published 17 April 2024 In a recent discussion about the general habitus of beetle families, I noted that tenebrionids may be recognised as the family whose members look like anything but tenebrionids. Some look like carabids, some like bostrichids, some even make a decent stab at looking like cerambycids. And… Continue reading Cnemeplatiini