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Family Melandryidae - False Darkling Beetles

Serropalpus substriatus Haldeman - Serropalpus substriatus Beetle - Anisoxya glaucula Orchesia castanea? - Orchesia cultriformis Melandryid - Phloiotrya fusca  Elateridae  - Dircaea liturata Red-Black Beetle - Phryganophilus collaris False Darkling Beetle - Dircaea liturata Melandryid - Anisoxya glaucula
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 Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Melandryidae (False Darkling Beetles)
Explanation of Names
Melandryidae Leach 1815
Numbers
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
Range
worldwide and throughout NA(1)
Habitat
wooded areas
Food
fungi and dead wood (in the latter, perhaps also mostly the fungal component)(1)
Remarks
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.