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Byrrhus pilula
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Infraorder: Elateriformia
Superfamily: Byrrhoidea
Family: Byrrhidae
Latreille, 1804

Byrrhidae, the pill beetles, is a family of beetles in the superfamily Byrrhoidea. These beetles are common in the forests of the Northern Hemisphere. They feed mainly on moss. Populations increase after wildfires.[1]

There are about 450 species in this family.[2]

Genera include:[3]


  1. ^ Phillips, I. D., Cobb, T. P., & Spence, J. R. (2008). Salvage logging and edge effects on pill beetle abundance (Coleoptera: Byrrhidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 324-27.
  2. ^ Lawrence, J. F., Slipinski, A., Jaeger, O., & Pütz, A. (2013). The Australian Byrrhinae (Coleoptera: Byrrhidae) with descriptions of new genera and species. Zootaxa 3745(3), 301-29.
  3. ^ Byrrhidae. Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).

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