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Family Cryptophagidae - Silken Fungus Beetles

Small-eyed tan autumn beetles - Cryptophagus Cryptophagid - Atomaria fuscata Silken Fungus Beetle - Cryptophagus Unknown Beetle 2 - Atomaria subangulata Atomaria lewisi Reitter - Atomaria lewisi Cryptophagus setulosus Tiny Brown Beetle - Antherophagus Cryptophagidae - Atomaria
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark, Fungus and Lady Beetles)
Family Cryptophagidae (Silken Fungus Beetles)
ca. 150 spp. in 17 genera in our area, ca. 600 spp. worldwide(1)(2)
Overview of our fauna:
Taxa not yet in the guide are marked (*)
Subfamily Cryptophaginae
Subfamily Atomariinae
Note: Renodesta is a CA endemic genus of 2 spp. described in(2)
worldwide and throughout NA(1)
decaying habitats with fungal growth, incl. rotting wood, leaf litter, stored products, nests of mammals and social insects, etc.; Antherophagus frequent flowers(1)
See Also

Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.A new genus of Caenoscelini (Cryptophagidae: Cryptophaginae) from California, with two new species
M.S. Caterino, R.A.B. Leschen, C. Johnson. 2008. The Coleopterists Bulletin 62(4):509-523.