The characteristics of the family and genus include geniculate antennae with 3-segmented club, elongate body, narrowly separated coxae and tarsi with bisetose empodia. Only one abdominal segment is exposed behind elytra. There are seven known species, spread in central Mexico and Asia. They feed on insect larvae.
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