Pleasing Fungus Beetles

Family Erotylidae


Erotylidae is a family made up of some 2500 species worldwide. Both adults and larvae feed on basidiomycete fungi. Some groups within Erotylidae show parental care, or are gregarious in the nymphal stages.

Many species exhibit bright and glossy colors contrasting with black, and are marked with stripes, spots, rings, and zigzags. It is not clear whether these bright patterns warn of toxic compounds within the beetle's bodies, or whether they mimic the colors of noxious insects (Robertson, McHugh, and Whiting, 2004).


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Megalodacne fasciata
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Megalodacne heros
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Aegithus sp.
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Ellipticus cf. testaceus
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Gibbifer californicus
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Iphiclus maculatus
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Iphiclus perspicillatus
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Iphiclus sp. (Guyana)
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≈ Iphiclus sp. (Brazil)
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≈ Iphiclus sp. (Costa Rica)
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Iphiclus sp. (Guyana)
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Mycotretus maculatus
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Mycotretus palmiphilus
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Mycotretus polyophtalmus
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≈ Mycotretus sp. (French Guiana)
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≈ Mycotretus sp. (Peru)

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