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Picrotus thoracicus.jpg
Picrotus thoracicus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Superfamily: Cucujoidea
Family: Cryptophagidae
Kirby, 1937

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Cryptophagidae is a family of beetles with representatives found in all ecozones. Members of this family are commonly called silken fungus beetles and both adults and larvae appear to feed exclusively on fungi although in a wide variety of habitats and situations, such as rotting wood and shed animal fur and feathers. These beetles vary from about 1 to 11 millimeters long, and usually have an oval body shape with a slight "waist".

Around 600 species have been described and are placed in about 60 genera in two subfamilies.[1]


Genera include:[2]


  1. ^ a b Cai, C. Y. and B. Wang. (2013). The oldest silken fungus beetle from the Early Cretaceous of southern China (Coleoptera: Cryptophagidae: Atomariinae). Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology 37 1-4.
  2. ^ Watson, L. and M. J. Dallwitz. 2003 onwards. Cryptophagidae. British Insects: The Families of Coleoptera. 2012 DELTA – DEscription Language for TAxonomy.
  3. ^ Caterino, M. S., et al. (2008). A new genus of Caenoscelini (Cryptophagidae: Cryptophaginae) from California, with two new species. The Coleopterists Bulletin 62(4), 509-23.

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