Explanation of Names
Ochodaeidae Mulsant & Rey 1871
ca. 80 spp. in 12 genera worldwide(1)
, 22 spp. in 6 genera in NA as follows(2)
Family OCHODAEIDAE Mulsant & Rey 1871
Subfamily OCHODAEINAE Mulsant & Rey 1871
(Fall in Fall & Cockerell 1907)
Subfamily CHAETOCANTHINAE Scholtz 1988
Carlson & Ritcher 1974
the beetles have prominent mandibles visible from above; mesotibia with long spur serrate along one edge:
worldwide except Australia, in temperate and tropical habitats; in our area, most diverse in the southwest
One southeastern species is in sandy, wooded habitats. Another eastern species makes burrows in hard packed clay in wooded areas and can be found on hiking trails. Western species generally in sandy habitats. Species are generally attracted to light.
Unknown. Larvae of most species have never been found.
are superficially similar but have bare dorsum and divided eyes