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Family Eucinetidae - Plate-thigh Beetles

Eucinetid - Nycteus infumatus Eucinetid - Nycteus oviformis Nycteus punctulatus Scirtidae? - Euscaphurus saltator Eucinetidae - Nycteus oviformis Beetle - Eucinetus haemorrhoidalis Eucinetus Eucinetus morio
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 Elateriformia)
Superfamily Scirtoidea (Plate-thigh and Marsh Beetles)
Family Eucinetidae (Plate-thigh Beetles)
Explanation of Names
Eucinetidae Lacordaire 1857
Numbers
11 spp. in 4 genera in NA(1), >50 spp. in 11 genera worldwide(2)
Identification
key to ne. species(3)
Range
worldwide, incl. most of NA; more diverse in Eurasia(1)
Habitat
in detritus or under fungus-covered bark of trees(3)
Food
larvae feed on a variety of fungi, incl. spores of slime molds and the fruiting bodies of basidomycete fungi(3)
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.
3.The Eucinetidae of the Maritime Provinces of Canada
Majka C.G. 2010. J. Acad. Ent. Soc. 6: 16-21.