Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Family Smicripidae - Palmetto Beetles

Smicripidae Smicrips palmicola - Smicrips palmicola Smicrips texana (Casey)  - Smicrips texana Smicrips sp.  - Smicrips Unknown Beetle - Smicrips Unknown Beetle - Smicrips Unknown Beetle - Smicrips Unknown Beetle - Smicrips Possibly Family Smicripidae - Smicrips
Classification
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)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark and Fungus Beetles)
No Taxon (Nitidulid series)
Family Smicripidae (Palmetto Beetles)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Only recently recognized as separate family(1)
Explanation of Names
Smicripidae Horn 1879
Numbers
a single genus with 2 spp. in our area, 6 total(2)(1)
Range
CA, TX, FL-GA(1)
Habitat
Often found on decaying vegetation(1)
Remarks
uncommon(1)
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.Order Coleoptera Linnaeus, 1758. In: Zhang Z.-Q. (ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification...
Ślipiński S.A., Leschen R.A.B., Lawrence J.F. 2011. Zootaxa 3148: 203–208.