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Family Melandryidae - False Darkling Beetles

Melandryid - Rushia longula beetle - Melandrya striata patterned false darkling beetle - Hypulus simulator Anisoxya glaucula Abdera bicinctus (Horn) - Abdera bicincta Beetle - Hypulus simulator Melandryid - Symphora flavicollis Mycetophagidae? - Prothalpia undata
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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Melandryidae (False Darkling Beetles)
Explanation of Names
Melandryidae Leach 1815
2 subfamilies, with ca. 60 spp. in 24 genera of in our area and ~430 spp. in 60 genera worldwide(1)(2)
Overview of our faunaTaxa not yet in the guide are marked (*)
Family Melandryidae
Subfamily Melandryinae
Incertae sedis Enchodes
Subfamily Osphyinae Osphya
worldwide and throughout NA(1)
wooded areas
fungi and dead wood (in the latter, perhaps also mostly the fungal component)(1)
adults mostly nocturnal and crawl over dead wood and fungi at night(1) (best time to collect them); some come to lights
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.