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Family Latridiidae - Minute Brown Scavenger Beetles

Tiny black-eyed reddish beetle - Melanophthalma Corticaria ferruginea - male Corticarina - Corticarina cavicollis tiny beetle - Enicmus aterrimus Unidentified Beetle - Corticaria Enicmus? - Corticaria - female minute brown scavenger beetle - Eufallia seminivea Ultra tiny beetle - Cartodere bifasciata
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Coccinelloidea
No Taxon (Coccinellid group)
Family Latridiidae (Minute Brown Scavenger Beetles)
Other Common Names
Mold and Plaster Beetles (for household and stored product pest taxa)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Lathridiidae, Corticariidae
Akalyptoischion has been recently moved to the family of its own(1)
Explanation of Names
Latridiidae Erichson 1842
over 140 spp. in 16 genera in our area, ~1000 spp. in ~30 genera worldwide(2)(3)(4)(5)
Overview of our fauna
Family Latridiidae
0.8-3.0 mm
Tarsal formula 3-3-3, size 3 mm or less, and elongate-oval shape serve to separate this family(3)
Two subfamilies of rather different appearance:
Latridiinae: Body glabrous, or (rarely) with erect setae. Head, pronotum and elytra often with heavy sculpture dorsally (longitudinal grooves, ridges). Pronotal side margin usually smooth
Corticariinae: Body finely pubescent, hairs in most cases recumbent. Head, pronotum and elytra never with heavy sculpture dorsally, except for a subbasal circular pit or shallow transversal groove. Pronotal side margin often serrate
worldwide; most diverse in temperate climates, in our area, most diverse in the west(3); several spp. (associated with stored products) are cosmopolitan(6)
rotting vegetable matter; some species live in houses on damp wallpaper, moldy bread, etc. or otherwise associated with stored products.
Latridiinae are generally associated with leaf litter in nature(3)
Corticariinae can be collected by sweeping dead, low lying vegetation.
Most prevalent during wetter seasons(3)
fungal tissues (slime molds, molds, mildew, spores of "higher" fungi)
Many taxonomic changes over the last two decades -- some quite confusing, with familiar names of genera often used in a different sense then before:
former Lathridius is now split into Cartodere, Stephostethus, Thes
several former Enicmus spp. are now Lathridius
former Cartodere are now Dienerella
See Also
Works Cited
1.Phylogenetic analysis of the minute brown scavenger beetles (Coleoptera: Latridiidae), and recognition of a new beetle family...
Lord N.P., Hartley C.S., Lawrence J.F., McHugh J.V., Whiting M.F., Miller K.B. 2010. Systematic Entomology 35: 753-763.
2.Rücker W.H. (1998-2014) Latridiidae & Merophysiinae
3.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.
4.Latridiidae (Coleoptera) of Atlantic Canada: New records, keys to identification, new synonyms, distribution, and zoogeography
Majka C.G., Langor D., Rücker W.H. 2009. The Canadian Entomologist 141: 317-370.
5.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.
6.Beetles associated with stored products in Canada: An identification guide
Bousquet Y. 1990. Research Branch Agriculture Canada, Publication 1837.