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COLE Bostrichidae Euderia squamosa m.png
Euderia squamosa
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Superfamily: Bostrichoidea
Family: Bostrichidae
Latreille, 1802
About 700 species

The Bostrichidae are a family of beetles with more than 700 described species. They are commonly called auger beetles, false powderpost beetles, or horned powderpost beetles. The head of most auger beetles cannot be seen from above, as it is downwardly directed and hidden by the thorax. Exceptions are the powderpost beetles (subfamily Lyctinae), and members of the subfamily Psoinae.

Dinoderus brevis

Bostrychoplites cornutus has large, distinctive thoracic horns, and is found in parts of Africa and Arabia; it is often imported to Europe as larvae in African wooden bowls ("ethnic souvenirs") .[1]

Selected species[edit]

This list is incomplete:[2]

Species found in Australia
Species found in the United Kingdom
Fossil species


  1. ^ Ken Walker (2006-11-23). "Auger beetle Bostrychoplites cornutus (Olivier) (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae: Bostrichinae)". Pest and Diseases Image Library. Archived from the original on 2007-09-09.
  2. ^ "Bostrichidae". CSIRO. 2004-11-11.
  3. ^ Poinar Jr, George (2013). "Discoclavata dominicana n. gen., n. sp., (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae) and Lissantauga epicrana n. gen., n. sp. (Coleoptera: Ecumenidae) in Dominican amber". Historical Biology: An International Journal of Paleobiology. 25 (1): 107–113. doi:10.1080/08912963.2012.712518.


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