Common name:Pleasing fungus beetles
Number of species:8
Tarsi:4-4-4, 5-5-5. Lobed.
This family is mainly tropical or subtropical in distribution and has only eight British members. Small to medium-sized (3-6mm) elongate-oval beetles, most are red-orange and black, although Triplax spp. are metallic blue. Fungal-feeders, members of this group can be found beneath fungoid bark or in fungi on trees, particularly bracket fungi. Most species are largely nocturnal.