Mycetophagidae

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Typhaea stercorea (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Clare McLellan, Museum Victoria
Source: PaDIL

Mycetophagidae - (hairy fungus beetles)

This family contains more than 100 species of small beetles that feed mainly on fungi. They are widely distributed and often associated with moldy environments or are found in shelf-fungi. A few species are considered to be pests of stored grain like the hairy fungus beetle (Typhaea stercorea) although they cause little damage to the products themselves. The adults are between 1 and 6 mm long with an oval outline, often brownish and covered with hair. The tarsi are 4-segmented, but the fore-tarsi of males have only 3 segments.

The following genera and individual species are currently entered in the system: