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Eucnemidae - Euryostus reichei.JPG
Euryostus reichei from New Guinea. Mounted specimen
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Infraorder: Elateriformia
Superfamily: Elateroidea
Family: Eucnemidae
Eschscholtz, 1829
  • Phylloceridae Reitter, 1905
  • Melasidae Leach, 1817
  • Perothopidae Lacordaire, 1857

The Eucnemidae, false click beetles, are a family of polyphagan beetles including about 1700 species distributed worldwide.


Closely related to the family Elateridae, specimens of Eucnemidae can reach a length of 2–30 mm (0.079–1.181 in). Bodies are slightly flattened and convex. The upper surfaces of the body usually has hairs, setae or scales.


Adults can usually be found in forests, on branches or under the bark of trees, especially in the abundance of dead wood. The larvae live in dead wood, but also in hard seasoned wood. Some species are soil-dwelling, living and feeding on the roots of dead trees.