; subclass Pterygota, order Coleoptera)
Family of small, rounded, flattened beetles, 1–7 mm long, with elytra that are pubescent and short, exposing the terminal segments. The antennae have three-jointed clubs. The legs are often wide and flattened. Larvae are white and cylindrical, with well-developed legs. They feed on pollen and nectar, fermenting fruit, sap, and carcasses. Some are associated with fungi, others are predatory on insects. There are 2200 species.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.