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Cupes capensis

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

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. 


Cupes capensis, 18mm. Found in southern Cape and east coast forests. [image by A. Weaving , from Field Guide to Insects of South Africa, used with permission].



  • Atkins, M.D. 1963. The Cupedidae of the world. Canadian Entomologist 95: 140-161. 


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