Myxophaga

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Myxophaga
Sphaerius.acaroides.Reitter.tafel64.jpg
Sphaerius acaroides
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Myxophaga
Crowson, 1955
Families

Hydroscaphidae
Lepiceridae
Sphaeriusidae
Torridincolidae

Myxophaga is the second smallest suborder of Coleoptera after Archostemata, consisting of approximately 65 species of small to minute beetles in four families. They have notopleural sutures, although on some families the sutures may be difficult to see.

The members of this suborder are aquatic and semi-aquatic and feed on algae.

Only two myxophagan genera are found in North America: Sphaerius and Hydroscapha.

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