What Bug Is That? The guide to Australian insect families.

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Eucinetidae Lacordaire, 1857

Overview

Feeding habits of Australian species are unknown, but some members of the family feed on slime mould spores or the fruiting bodies of Basidiomycetes (Boletaceae, Coniophoraceae) (Wheeler and Hoebeke 1984). Some exotic species have tubular sucking mouth-parts (Vit 1977).

Description

Small, fusiform beetles, with reduced prothorax, narrow, deflexed head, very large, oblique hind coxae with plates partly concealing femora, and short legs with mid and hind tibiae and tarsi bearing fringes of dark spines. Larvae more or less oblong and moderately lightly sclerotised with setiferous tubercles dorsally, and broad head narrowed anteriorly.

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