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Family Limnichidae - Minute Marsh-loving Beetles

Minute Marsh-loving Beetle - Limnichites punctatus Limnichid - Eulimnichus ater Tiny beetle - Eulimnichus californicus another limnichid beetle - Limnichites Limnichidae - Limnichoderus Beetle, dorsal - Limnichoderus naviculatus Limnichites punctatus Eulimnichus ater
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Elateriformia)
Superfamily Byrrhoidea
Family Limnichidae (Minute Marsh-loving Beetles)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lutrochus is now treated in a separate family
Explanation of Names
Limnichidae Erichson 1846
28 spp. in 6 genera in our area(1)(2), ~400 spp. in 37 genera of 4 subfamilies worldwide(3)
Key to New World genera(4)
riparian on streamside/emergent plants/wood or on windrows of debris; larvae in damp soil/humus near water(1)
prob. herbivorous(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.A catalog of Coleoptera of America North of Mexico. Limnichidae
Wooldridge D.P. 1986. USDA Agriculture handbook no. 529-48. x + 8 pp.
3.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.
4.A Key to the New World Genera of the Beetle Family Limnichidae
Wooldridge, D.P. 1975. Entomological News, 86:1-4.