Silvanidae

Silvanus lateritius, photographed by S. E. Thorpe. Belongs within: Cucujoidea. 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. Characters (from Lawrence & Britton 1991): Elongate, parallel-sided, more or less flattened, pubescent beetles with prognathous head,… Continue reading Silvanidae

Monotomidae

Graveyard beetle Rhizophagus parallelocollis, copyright Udo Schmidt. Belongs within: Cucujoidea. The Monotomidae are a group of elongate, parallel-sided beetles generally found under wood or in decaying vegetable matter (Bouchard 2014). Characters (from Lawrence & Britton 1991): Elongate, parallel-sided, subcylindrical to flattened, may be glabrous or clothed with decumbent setae, elytra may be truncate, exposing pygidium.… Continue reading Monotomidae

Kateretidae

Brachypterus urticae, copyright Udo Schmidt. Belongs within: Nitidulidae. The Kateretidae are a group of plant-feeding beetles found in temperate and subtropical regions of the world (Bouchard 2014). <==Kateretidae [Kateretinae] B14 |–Brachyleptus quadratus (Sturm 1844) B14 |–Anthoneus B14 |–Brachypterolus B14 |–Amartus B14 |–Anamartus B14 |–Heterhelus solani B14, C01 |–Kateretes B14 `–Brachypterus B14 |–B. fulvipes C01 |–B.… Continue reading Kateretidae

Laemophloeidae

Laemophloeus sp., copyright Robert Webster. Belongs within: Cucujoidea. The Laemophloeidae are a group of elongate-bodied beetles that mostly feed on moulds and other fungi. They may be recognised by the presence of a pair of longitudinal, submarginal carinae on the pronotum. Characters (from Lawrence & Britton 1991): Elongate, parallel-sided, usually flattened, glabrous or pubescent; head… Continue reading Laemophloeidae

Cryptophilinae

Cryptophilus integer, copyright Udo Schmidt. Belongs within: Cucujoidea. The Cryptophilinae are a group of saprophagous or mycophagous beetles mostly found amongst leaf litter (Leschen 2003). Characters (from Leschen 2003): Mandible usually with subapical serrations; lacinia with one or no lacinial spines; mentum lacking lateral pockets, usually with medial carina; apical labial palpomere as wide as… Continue reading Cryptophilinae