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COLEOPTERA, Misc. Families of Coleoptera -- <General Characteristics>  [Latest Classification]


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          Clausen (1940) reported on several families of Coleoptera that are associated in varying capacities with ants, some are definitely known to be predaceous on the ant broods, and others that are principally scavengers.  These were Clavigeridae, Brentidae, Pselaphidae, Leptinidae and Paussidae.  Park (1929) considered that Leptinus testaceus Muell., and possibly the entire Leptinidae, exhibit a facultative parasitism.  Some Brentidae and Cryptophagidae are found in bark and wood under conditions that indicate they might be predaceous on other insects occupying the same habitat.




    Anthicidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Anthribidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Brentidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Cantharidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Carabidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Cicindelidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Cleridae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Coccinellidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Colydiidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Cucujidae (incl. Passandridae) <Habits>;  <Adults>  & <Juveniles>

    Dascillidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Dermestidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Drilidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Dytiscidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Ectrephidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Elateridae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Eucnemidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Gyrinidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Haliplidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Helodidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Histeridae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Hydrophilidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Hygrobiidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Lampyridae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Lathridiidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Leptinidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Lycidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Melandryidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Meloidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Melyridae (= Malachiidae) <Habits>;  <Adults> &  <Juveniles>

    Mordellidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Mycetophagidae <Habits>;  <Adults>  & <Juveniles>

    Nitidulidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Ostomatidae <Habits>; <Adults  & <Juveniles>

    Paussidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Phalacridae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Phengodidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Pselaphidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Pythidae (= Salpingidae) <Habits>; <Adults>  & <Juveniles>

    Rhipiceridae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Rhizophagidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Rhipiphoridae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Rhysodidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Scarabaeidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Silphidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Staphylinidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>  <Identification>

    Tenebrionidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Throscidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Trogidae <Habits>; <Adults> & <Juveniles>

    Trogossiti dae (= Ostomidae) <Habits>; <Adults>   &  <Juveniles>



References:   Please refer to  <biology.ref.htm>, [Additional references may be found at:  MELVYL Library]


Besuchet, C.  1956.  Biologie, morphologie et systématique des Rhipidius (Col. Rhipiphoridae).  Mitt. schweiz. Ent. Ges. 29:  73-144.


Khnzorian, S. M.  1957.  A new representative of Rhipidius from Armenian SSR (Coleoptera, Rhipiphoridae).  Dok. Akad. Nauk Armiansk. SSR. 24:  231-32.


Riek, E. F.  1955.  The Australian Rhipidiine Parasites of Cockroaches (Coleoptera: Rhipiphoridae).  Austr. J. Zool. 3:  71-94.


Selander, R. B.  1957.  The systematic position of the genus Nephrites and the phylogenetic relationships of the higher groups of Ripiphoridae (Coleoptera).  Ann. Ent. Soc. Amer. 50:  88-103.