Carrion Beetles


Summary 2

Silphidae is a family of beetles that are known commonly as large carrion beetles, carrion beetles or burying beetles. There are two subfamilies: Silphinae and Nicrophorinae. Nicrophorines are sometimes known as sexton beetles. The number of species is relatively small and around two hundred. They are more diverse in the temperate region although a few tropical endemics are known. Both families feed on decaying organic matter such as dead animals. The families differ in which uses...

SoCal Status 3

Known Species per The California Beetle Database .
Heterosilpha ramosa
Nicrophorus guttula
Nicrophorus marginatus
Nicrophorus nigrita
Nicrophorus sp
Thanatophilus lapponicus

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