Pselaphidae

Pselaphidae

[sə′laf·ə‚dē]
(invertebrate zoology)
The ant-loving beetles, a large family of coleopteran insects in the superfamily Staphylinoidea.

Pselaphidae

 

a family of polyphagous beetles. The body, which is 3–5 mm long, ranges in color from yellow to brown. The antennae are long and clavate, and the elytra are shortened. The legs are three-jointed and have a single claw. There are two subfamilies, embracing approximately 4,000 species. Ninety species are found in the USSR. Beetles of the subfamily Pselaphinae have eyes and highly developed palpi on the lower jaws; they feed on decomposing matter. Beetles of the subfamily Clavigerinae have no eyes, and their palpi are incompletely developed. They live in anthills, where the ants feed them and then collect secretions from the abdominal glands of the beetles.

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The beetles of Pselaphidae families, registered in this study, have been associated with nests of Formicidae due to the fact that they feed on the regurgitations of their hosts (Cammaers, 2001).
Copobaenus tristis Fairmaire & Germain Peltidae Diontolobus punctipennis Solier Protocucujidae Ericmodes sylvaticus Philippi & Philippi Pselaphidae gen.
Micofagos Micofagos Detritivoros Depredadores primarios secundarios Drosophilidae Leiodidae Pselaphidae Tachinidae Mycetophilidae Psychodidae Formicidae Elateridae Endomychidae Derodontidae Anisopodidae Proctotrupidae Staphylinidae Sciaridae Ceratopogonidae Chloropidae Muscidae Scatopsidae Tipulidae Phoridae Scarabaeidae Tabla 3.
We used multiple regression, as before, grouping beetle responses by a single factor, family, with 16 categories, one for each family: (1) Anobiidae, (2) Bostrichidne, (3) Carabidae, (4) Corylophidae, (5) Cryptophagidae, (6) Curculionidae, (7) Elateridne, (8) Lathridiidae, (9) Leiodidae, (10) Oedemeridae, (11) Pselaphidae, (12) Ptiliidae, (13) Scarabaeidae, (14) Scydmaenidae, (15) Staphylinidae, and (16) Tenebrionidae.