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Family Cryptophagidae - Silken Fungus Beetles

What happened to this guy? - Cryptophagus Silken Fungus Beetle - Atomaria fuscata (somthing) Fungus beetle? - Telmatophilus typhae Beetle 10 - Atomaria lewisi beetle - Cryptophagus Telmatophilus americanus? - Telmatophilus americanus - female Atomariini - Atomaria lederi Beetle - Cryptophagus
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.