(class Insecta, order Coleoptera)
Family of robust beetles, 2–15 mm long, with a short, flattened rostrum. The antennae are short and clubbed, or filiform and very elongate, but without scape. Larvae are curved and fleshy, with legs and antennae absent or reduced, and feed inside fungi, dead wood, and plant galls. Brachytarsus larvae feed parasitically inside scale insects. There are 2400 species, mostly tropical.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.