Pythidae


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Pythidae

[′pith·ə‚dē]
(invertebrate zoology)
An equivalent name for Salpingidae.

Pythidae

 

a family of beetles. The body measures 2–20 mm in length. The front of the head is elongate and sometimes proboscis-like. Distributed all over the world, the Pythidae are usually found under the bark of trees, where they feed on the rotting phloem. Some species are predatory and devour the larvae of bark beetles and long-horned beetles. There are approximately 300 species, about 30 of which are found in the USSR.

Pytho depressus is commonly found under the bark of coniferous trees in the forest zone. It measures 8–16 mm in length and is dark blue on top or sometimes brown; the abdomen, antennae, and legs are reddish. The larvae are cinnamon brown and flat with two projections at the posterior end of the body.

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The Peruvian fauna of Pythidae is reviewed as part of the Caroline Chaboo 'Beetles of Peru project' (2010-present).
These larval characters are very similar to those exhibited by Pytho larvae (Pollock 1991), offering even more evidence that Ischyomius properly belongs in Pythidae.
There is some limited information published on the adults of these taxa, but since larvae are usually in specific habitats, the most meaningful natural history information for Pythidae is derived from the larval stages.
Natural history, classification, reconstructed phylogeny, and geographic history of Pytho Latreille (Coleoptera: Heteromera: Pythidae).
Revision of the Neotropical genus Ischyomius with a discussion on its systematic position (Insecta: Coleoptera: Tenebrionoidea: Pythidae).
A new species of Ischyomius Chevrolat (Coleoptera: Pythidae) from Costa Rica.
A new species of Ischyomius from Venezuela (Coleoptera, Tenebrionoidea, Pythidae) with a revised key to world species.