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Family: Microsporidae

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: Myxophaga

Tiny beetles, which are aquatic in the larval stage. 

Species in southern Africa

Microsporus africanus 

Recorded from: South Africa (KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Northern Province) and Mozambique. Larvae are aquatic. Adults are found along shores of pans and rivers, and in forest leaf litter.



  • Endrödy-Younga, S. 1997. Microsporidae (Coleoptera: Myxophaga), a new family for the African continent. Annals of the Transvaal Museum 36: 309-311.