30 spp. in 9 genera worldwide; 4 genera, with one species each, in our area:(1)
Cupes capitatus e. NA
Tenomerga cinereus e. NA
Priacma serrata w. NA
Prolixocupes lobiceps so. AZ, CA
These beetles have a flattened parallel-sided body, large closely placed elytral punctures, and broad scale-like setae.
Larvae are known to live in fungal-infested wood. Adults may found associated with the larval habitat, and they are sometimes attracted to lights. Adults may also be collected in traps designed to catch wood-boring insects (e.g. Lindgren funnel traps).
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Atkins M.D. (1963) The Cupedidae of the world. The Canadian Entomologist 95: 140-162.
Barber G.W., Ellis W.O. (1920) The Cupedidae of North America north of Mexico. J. N.Y. Ent. Soc. 28: 197-208.