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Cyphon padi
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Infraorder: Elateriformia
Superfamily: Scirtoidea
Family: Scirtidae
Fleming, 1821

Scirtidae is a family of beetles (Coleoptera). These beetles are commonly referred to as marsh beetles, as the larvae are typically associated with stagnant water, but can be found in flowing water. Adults prefer decomposing plant material near the water's edge.[1] More than an estimated 600 species are known worldwide, distributed among 30 genera.[2]


  1. ^ Epler, J.H. (2010). The Water Beetles of Florida - an identification manual for the families Chrysomelidae, Curculionidae, Dryopidae, Dytiscidae, Elmidae, Gyrinidae, Haliplidae, Helophoridae, Hydraenidae, Hydrochidae, Hydrophilidae, Noteridae, Psephenidae, Ptilodactylidae and Scirtidae. Tallahassee: Florida Department of Environmental Protection. p. 414. 
  2. ^ Thomas, Michael C. (2002). Arnett, Ross H.; Thomas, M. C.; Skelley, P. E.; et al., eds. American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea. Boca Raton: CRC Press. ISBN 0849309549.