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Family Sphindidae - Cryptic Slime Mold Beetles

Slime Mold Beetles - Sphindus americanus Slime mold beetle - Sphindus americanus Sphindid - Eurysphindus comatulus Cryptic slime mold beetle (Sphindidae) (1) - Sphindus americanus Slime mold beetle - Sphindus americanus Sphindidae - Sphindus americanus Tiny beetle on fungus - Sphindus Unknown beetle - Sphindus americanus
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 (Erotylid series)
Family Sphindidae (Cryptic Slime Mold Beetles)
Other Common Names
Dry-fungus Beetles
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Aspidiphoridae, Coniporidae
Explanation of Names
Sphindidae Jacquelin du Val 1860
9 spp. in 4 genera of 2 subfamilies in our area, ~60 spp. in 9 genera worldwide(1)
1.5-3.5 mm
Head partially visible from above. Convex, elongate to broadly oval. Scape and pedicel asymmetrically inflated, antennal club about as long as stem. Pronotum broader than head and as broad as elytra at base. Ventrite I is longest and most coarsely punctured.
wherever slime molds are prevalent(1)
both adult and larvae feed on sporocarps of myxomycetes (slime molds)(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.