Mycetophagus quadriguttatus, copyright Pierre Bornand.

Belongs within: Tenebrionoidea.

The Mycetophagidae are a group of beetles that may be found as adults or larvae in rotting wood or in association with fungal fruiting bodies (Lawrence & Britton 1991). The genus Berginus has a head nearly as wide across the eyes as the pronotum, and a two-segmented antennal club, whereas other genera in the Mycetophaginae have the head distinctly narrower than the pronotum and the antennal club (if present) comprises more segments (Young 2002).

Characters (from Lawrence & Britton 1991): Oblong to ovate, somewhat flattened beetles, uniformly brown or with yellow maculae on elytra, densely pubescent. Antennae 11-segmented with three- or four-segmented club; eyes relatively large, coarsely faceted; frontoclypeal suture present or absent; fore coxae transverse, trochantins exposed or concealed, coxal cavities externally open, internally closed; mid coxal cavities contiguous or narrowly separated, laterally open; tibial spurs often well developed and serrate; fore tarsi modified in male, tarsal formula 4-4-4 in female, 3-4-4 in male; abdomen with five ventrites, all free. Larvae elongate and parallel sided, slightly flattened and moderately sclerotised dorsally, with well-developed legs and slightly curved, simple urogomphi, which are more or less approximate at base.

    |  i. s.: PseudotriphyllusP92
    |         TriphyllusP92
    |           |--T. intricatus Blackb. 1891M96
    |           |--T. minor Lea 1895M96
    |           `--T. multiguttatus Lea 1895M96
    |         Filicivora chilensisY02
    |--Berginus Erichson 1846 [Bergininae]Y02
    |    |--B. bahamicusY02
    |    |--B. nigricolorY02
    |    `--B. pumilusY02
         |--Thrimolus Casey 1900Y02
         |    `--T. minutus Casey 1900Y02
         |--Typhaea Curtis 1830Y02
         |    |--T. fumata [=Dermestes fumatus]G89
         |    `--T. stercorea (Linnaeus 1758)Y02
         |--Litargus Erichson 1846 (see below for synonymy)Y02
         |    |--L. balteatus Lec. 1856L19
         |    |--L. didesmusY02
         |    |--L. grandisY02
         |    |--L. multiguttatusLB91
         |    |--L. nebulosusY02
         |    |--L. sexpunctatusY02
         |    `--L. tetraspilotusY02
         `--Mycetophagus Hellwig 1792 [incl. Tritoma Geoffroy 1762 (non-binomial) non Fabricius 1775]Y02
              |  i. s.: M. bifasciatusL02
              |         M. irroratusC01
              |         M. punctatusL02
              |         M. quadriguttatus Müller 1821B14
              |         M. quadrimaculatusR26
              |         M. quadripustulatusB14
              |--M. (Gratusus Casey 1900)Y02
              |--M. (Ilendus Casey 1900)Y02
              `--M. (Parilendus Casey 1900)Y02

Litargus Erichson 1846 [incl. Alitargus Casey 1900, Litargellus Casey 1900, Paralitargus Casey 1900, Tilargus Casey 1900]Y02

*Type species of generic name indicated


[B14] Bouchard, P. (ed.) 2014. The Book of Beetles: A lifesize guide to six hundred of nature’s gems. Ivy Press: Lewes (United Kingdom).

[C01] Csiki, E. 1901. Bogarak [Coleopteren]. In: Horváth, G. (ed.) Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazása [Dritte Asiatische Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] vol. 2. Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazásának Állattani Eredményei [Zoologische Ergebnisse der Dritten Asiatischen Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] pp. 75–120. Victor Hornyánszky: Budapest, and Karl W. Hierseman: Leipzig.

[G89] Gestro, R. 1889. Viaggio ab Assab nel Mar Rosso dei signori G. Doria ed O. Beccari con il R. Avviso “Esploratore” dal 16 Novembre 1879 al 26 Febbraio 1880. – IV. Coleotteri. Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova, Serie 2a, 7: 5–72.

[L02] Latreille, P. A. 1802. Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière des crustacés et des insectes vol. 3. Familles naturelles des genres. F. Dufart: Paris.

[LB91] Lawrence, J. F., & E. B. Britton. 1991. Coleoptera (beetles). In: CSIRO. The Insects of Australia: A textbook for students and research workers 2nd ed. vol. 2 pp. 543–683. Melbourne University Press: Carlton (Victoria).

[L19] Lea, A. M. 1919. Notes on some miscellaneous Coleoptera with descriptions of new species.—Part V. Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia 43: 166–261, pls 25–27.

[M96] Masters, G. 1896. Catalogue of the described Coleoptera of Australia. Supplement, part II. Dytiscidae, Gyrinidae, Hydrophyllidae, Staphylinidae, Pselaphidae, Paussidae, Silphidae, Scaphididae, Histeridae, Phalacridae, Nitidulidae, Trogositidae, Colydiidae, Cucujidae, Cryptophagidae, Lathridiidae, Mycetophagidae, Dermestidae, Byrrhidae, Parnidae, Heteroceridae. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 21 (Suppl.): 695–754.

[P92] Poinar, G. O., Jr. 1992. Life in Amber. Stanford University Press: Stanford.

[R26] Risso, A. 1826. Histoire naturelle des principales productions de l’Europe méridionale et particulièrement de celles des environs de Nice et des Alpes maritimes vol. 5. F.-G. Levrault: Paris.

[Y02] Young, D. K. 2002. Mycetophagidae Leach 1815. In: Arnett, R. H., Jr, M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley & J. H. Frank (eds) American Beetles vol. 2. Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea pp. 399–400. CRC Press.

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