; subclass Pterygota, order Coleoptera)
Family of shiny, oval beetles, 2–23 mm long, and often brightly coloured. The head is prognathous, with a three-segmented, flattened club. Larvae are pale and elongate, with toughened spiny plates. Legs are well developed, antennae three-segmented. The beetles are found in trees, where they feed on fungal material. There are 1500 species.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.