Byrrhidae

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Byrrhidae, the pill beetles, is a family of beetles in the superfamily Byrrhoidea. These beetles are common in the forests of the Northern Hemisphere. They feed mainly on moss. Populations increase after wildfires.[1] The oldest undoubted record of the family is Lidryops from the earliest Late Cretaceous Charentese amber of France, with other less certain records going back to the Middle Jurassic, but these possibly belong to Byrrhoidea.[2]

There are about 450 species in this family.[3]

Genera include:[4]

References

  1. ^ Phillips, I. D., Cobb, T. P., & Spence, J. R. (2008). Salvage logging and edge effects on pill beetle abundance (Coleoptera: Byrrhidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 324-27.
  2. ^ Kirejtshuk, Alexander G.; Nel, André (December 2016). "Lidryopinae, new byrrhid subfamily from the Lower Cretaceous of France (Coleoptera, Byrrhidae)". Cretaceous Research. 67: 140–147. doi:10.1016/j.cretres.2016.07.007.
  3. ^ Lawrence, J. F., Slipinski, A., Jaeger, O., & Pütz, A. (2013). The Australian Byrrhinae (Coleoptera: Byrrhidae) with descriptions of new genera and species. Zootaxa 3745(3), 301-29.
  4. ^ Byrrhidae. Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).

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Byrrhidae: Brief Summary

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Byrrhidae, the pill beetles, is a family of beetles in the superfamily Byrrhoidea. These beetles are common in the forests of the Northern Hemisphere. They feed mainly on moss. Populations increase after wildfires. The oldest undoubted record of the family is Lidryops from the earliest Late Cretaceous Charentese amber of France, with other less certain records going back to the Middle Jurassic, but these possibly belong to Byrrhoidea.

There are about 450 species in this family.

Genera include:

Amphycyrta Arctobyrrhus Byrrhus Chaetophora Curimopsis Cytilus Eusomalia Exomella Lioligus Lioon Listemus Morychus Porcinolus Sierraclava Simplocaria  src= Simplocaria semistriata
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