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Family: Scydmaenidae (ant-like stone beetles)

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

Small ant-like beetles (0.5 - 7.5 mm long) that feed mainly on mites in decaying organic matter such as leaf litter, and in moss, under bark, or in caves. About 10 genera and 200 species are known from southern Africa.

Mastigus sp.

 

Mastigus sp., male and female mating. [image by M. Picker & C. Griffiths , from Field Guide to Insects of South Africa, used with permission].

 

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