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Family Cryptophagidae - Silken Fungus Beetles

big-eyed small tan autumn beetles - Cryptophagus Atomaria lewisi Reitter  - Atomaria lewisi Cryptophagid - Cryptophagus tiny - Curelius japonicus Cryptophagus - Cryptophagus dentatus - male Atomaria? - Cryptophagus Cryptophagidae sp. - Cryptophagus Antherophagus beetle - Antherophagus
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 (Cucujid series)
Family Cryptophagidae (Silken Fungus Beetles)
Explanation of Names
Cryptophagidae Kirby 1826
2 subfamilies, with ~150 spp. in 18 genera in our area and ~600 spp. in 62 genera worldwide(1)(2)(3)
Overview of our faunaTaxa not yet in the guide are marked (*)
Family Cryptophagidae
keys to spp. for Canada & nUS in (4)
worldwide and throughout NA(1)
decaying habitats with fungal growth, incl. rotting wood, leaf litter, stored products, nests of mammals and social insects, etc.; Antherophagus frequent flowers(1)
See Also
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 new genus of Caenoscelini (Cryptophagidae: Cryptophaginae) from California, with two new species
Caterino M.S., Leschen R.A.B., Johnson C. 2008. Col. Bull. 62: 509-523.
3.New genera and new species of Cryptophagidae (Coleoptera) from USA and Mexico
Jens Esser. 2018. Linzer biologische Beiträge, Vol. 50, No. 2, pp. 1079-1083.
4.The Cryptophagidae of Canada and the northern United States of America
Pelletier G., Hébert C. 2019. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification 40.