Silken Fungus Beetles


Summary 2

Cryptophagidae is a family of beetles with representatives found in all ecozones. Members of this family are commonly called silken fungus beetles and both adults and larvae appear to feed exclusively on fungi although in a wide variety of habitats and situations, such as rotting wood and shed animal fur and feathers. These beetles vary from about 1 to 11 millimeters long, and usually have an oval body shape with a slight "waist".

SoCal Status 3

Known Species per The California Beetle Database .
Cryptophagus cellaris
Cryptophagus politus
Henotiderus lorna
Renodesta ramsdalei
Salebius minax
Salebius tarsalis

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