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the web of life in southern Africa

Suborder: Archostemata

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Eumetabola > Holometabola > Coleoptera (beetles)

Worldwide, there are three families in the suborder, of which two occur in southern Africa. The third family, Ommatidae, is only known from Australia. There are two known species in the suborder from southern Africa: Cupes capensis (Cupedidae), which is indigenous, and Micromalthus debilis, which is an introduced species from the USA. Larvae of this suborder are all known to be borers into rotten logs and fungus. 

Families in southern Africa


A rare family in Southern Africa, with only one known species, Cupes capensis, which is found in southern Cape and east coast forests. Larvae bore into rotten logs and fungi. 



 One introduced species in southern Africa. Larvae bore into rotten logs.