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Family Artematopodidae - Soft-bodied Plant Beetles

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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 Elateroidea (Click, Firefly and Soldier Beetles)
Family Artematopodidae (Soft-bodied Plant Beetles)
Other Common Names
Artematopodid Beetles
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Artematopidae
Explanation of Names
Artematopodidae Lacordaire 1857
Numbers
8-9 spp. in 4 genera in our area (all in the Artematopodinae)(1)(2), 45 spp. in 8 genera of 3 subfamilies total(3)
Size
3-10 mm(1)
Identification
Somewhat resemble Click Beetles covered with setae of moderate length and reduced prosternal keel. Head well recessed into pronotum and slightly to strongly downturned. Apex of each elytron with ventral tongue-like process (https://bugguide.net/node/view/1519722). Antennae 11-segmented, maxillary palpi 4-segmented, tarsi 5-5-5. Larvae elateriform.
Range
most of the New World (n. NA to Brazil) + E. Asia & so. Europe(4)
Habitat
Larvae of several spp. found in moss mats; adults on vegetation(1)
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