Cryptophagidae

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Cryptophagidae

[‚krip·tə′fāj·ə‚dē]
(invertebrate zoology)
The silken fungus beetles, a family of coleopteran insects in the superfamily Cucujoidea.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Cryptophagidae

 

a family of small beetles that measure 1–5 mm long and usually are yellow or brown in color. The antennae are club-shaped. The insects, which live in decaying plant remains and under bark, feed on a variety of lower fungi. Of the approximately 2,500 widely distributed species, about 200 are found in the USSR. Some species are crop pests: for example, the beetle Atomaria linearis injures the seeds, shoots, and roots of beets and turnips.

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