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the web of life in southern Africa

Family: Micromalthidae

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

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

Species in southern Africa

Micromalthus debilis

Introduced to South Africa from the eastern United States, where it has been found in mining timber on the Witwatersrand.  



  • Paterson, N.F. 1938. Notes on the external morphology of South African specimens of Micromalthus (Coleoptera). Transactions of the Royal Entomological Society of London 87(12): 287-290.

  • Pringle, J.A. 1938. A contribution to the knowledge of Micromalthus debris [check] Lec. (Coleoptera). Transactions of the Royal Entomological Society of London 87: 271-286. 

  • Scott, A.C. 1938. Paedogenesis in the Coleoptera. Zeitschrift für Morphologie und Ökologie der Tiere 33: 633-653.