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Family Ptinidae - Death-watch and Spider Beetles


Revision of the Ptinidae of boreal America
By H. C. Fall
Transactions of the American Entomological Society, Vol. 31, No. 2/3, pp. 97-296 , 1905

Taxonomic notes on North American Anobiidae with a new species (Coleoptera)
By White R.E.
Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 76: 459-463, 1974

Three new species of Anobiidae from southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico (Coleoptera)
By White R.E.
Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 83: 472-278, 1981

New genus and four new species of North American Anobiidae with notes
By White R.E.
Col. Bull. 30: 337-354, 1976

Six new Anobiidae from North America with keys (Coleoptera)
By White R.E.
Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 68: 228-236, 1966

Eight new North American species of Anobiidae with keys and notes (Coleoptera)
By White R.E.
Proc. Ent. Soc. Wash. 78: 154-170, 1976

The Ptinidae of economic importance
By Hinton, H.E.
Bulletin of Economic Research 31: 331-381, 1941

A Catalog of the Coleoptera of America North of Mexico. Family: Anobiidae.
By White, R.E.
USDA-ARS, Washington, DC. xi + 59 pp., 1982
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This family consists of about 150 genera and more than 1,600 species in the world.

Included in this catalog are 52 genera and 332 species. However, Ptininae are not treated.

Larvae of most of the species for which the habits are known bore into dead hardwoods and softwoods. Larvae of several species feed in various kinds of fungi. Some species feed in cones of conifers, some in twigs or vines, others in seeds, some in plant stems, a few in bark of various trees, and a very few have been bred from galls.