ENDOMYCHIDAE - HANDSOME FUNGUS BEETLES
A colourful but diverse family of small beetles (1-8mm in length) about which it is difficult to generalise. They are grouped together on a series of anatomical characters that they have in common. Endomychids have 8 to 10 antennal segments (though some species have only 4) and the club consists of 1 to 3 segments. Tarsal formula 4-4-4 or 3-3-3. The visible area of the procoxa is globular and the trochanter is hidden. Body form may be ovaloid or slightly elongated and the elytra are steeply convex or flattened. A frontoclypeal suture is present and the protothorax frequently has paired basal fossae or united with a transverse groove. Many species are easily mistaken for Ladybirds Coccinellidae, but note the longer antennae, fronto-clypeal suture and the lack of femoral lines.
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