From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Saphophagus sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Infraorder: Bostrichiformia
Superfamily: Bostrichoidea
Family: Jacobsoniidae
Heller, 1926

Jacobsoniidae is a family of beetles. The larvae and adults live under bark, in plant litter, fungi, bat guano and rotten wood.[1] It is a small family with 23 described species in three genera: [2]


Members of this family have a small body size (0.7-2.1mm in length).[1] Their bodies are narrow, and are four times as long as they are wide.[1] They are often a yellowish-brown in color.[1]


Members of this family have been found in Florida, South America, Central America, Polynesia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e Michael A. Ivie (2002). Ross H. Arnett & Michael Charles Thomas, ed. American Beetles: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea. Volume 2 of American Beetles. CRC Press. ISBN 978-0-8493-0954-0. 
  2. ^ Hava, J. & Lobl, I. (2005). "A world catalogue of the family Jacobsoniidae (Coleoptera)." Studies and Reports of District Museum Prague-East. Taxonomical Series 1. 1 (1-2): 89-94.
  3. ^ Bi, W.-X.; Chen, C.-C.; Lin, M.-Y. 2015: First record of Jacobsoniidae (Coleoptera) from China with description of a new species of Sarothrias Grouvelle. ZooKeys, 496: 53-60. doi:10.3897/zookeys.496.8620
  4. ^ Peck, S.B. 2010: Derolathrus cavernicolus n. sp., a beetle family new for North America (Coleoptera: Jacobsoniidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 103(1): 1–6. doi:10.1603/008.103.0101

External links[edit]