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Family Micromalthidae - Telephone-pole Beetles

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Archostemata (Reticulated and Telephone-pole Beetles)
Family Micromalthidae (Telephone-pole Beetles)
Explanation of Names
Micromalthidae Barber 1913
Numbers
family contains one species (1)
Size
1.5-2.5 mm
Identification
Very small soft-bodied beetles, superficially similar to cantharids
Range
native to the eastern United States (and Belize?), spread globally by commerce (1)
Habitat
Larvae in decaying wood (1)
Life Cycle
Larvae have a very complicated hypermetamorphic development (1)
Remarks
Uncommon
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume I: Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia
Arnett, R.H., Jr., and M. C. Thomas. (eds.). 2000. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.