Violin beetle

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Violin beetles
Violin beetle Mormolyce phyllodes.jpg
Mormolyce phyllodes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Carabidae
Subfamily: Lebiinae
Genus: Mormolyce
Hagenbach, 1825

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Violin beetles or banjo beetles are ground beetles in the subfamily Lebiinae. [1] They all possess distinctive violin-shaped elytra and live between layers of bracket fungi.


The genus contains the following five species:[2]


  1. ^ Lorenz, W. "Lebiini (1): Nomina Carabideum, Online Database", 2005. Retrieved on 2009-08-06.
  2. ^ "Mormolyce Hagenbach, 1825". Carabidae of the World. 2011. Retrieved 11 Jul 2011. 

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