Cucujoidea is a superfamily of beetles. They include many fungus beetles, as well as lady beetles ("ladybugs" or "ladybirds"). Also included are a diversity of lineages of "bark beetles" unrelated to the "true" bark beetles (Scolytinae), which are weevils (superfamily Curculionoidea).

Various Cucujoidea with larvae
and anatomical details
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Infraorder: Cucujiformia
Superfamily: Cucujoidea
Latreille, 1802


These families are members of the superfamily Cucujoidea:[1]


  1. ^ Bouchard, Patrice; Bousquet, Yves; Davies, Anthony E.; Alonso-Zarazaga, Miguel A.; et al. (2011). "Family-group names in Coleoptera (Insecta)". Zookeys. Pensoft Publishers. 88 (88). doi:10.3897/zookeys.88.807. ISSN 1313-2989.

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Biphyllidae or False Skin Beetles is a family of beetles, in the suborder Polyphaga. Worldwide, about 195 species are known. They live under the bark of dead trees and feed on fungi. It contains the following genera:

Althaesia Pascoe, 1860

Anchorius Casey, 1900

Anobocaelus Sharp, 1902

Biphyllus Dejean, 1821

Diplocoelus Guérin-Méneville, 1836

Euderopus Sharp, 1900

Gonicoelus Sharp, 1900


Boganiidae is a family of beetles, in the suborder Polyphaga.


Bothrideridae is a family of beetles in the suborder Polyphaga. They are known commonly as the cocoon-forming beetles or dry bark beetles. They occur worldwide with most native to the Old World tropics.


Cavognathidae is a family of beetles, in the suborder Polyphaga.


Cerylonidae are small to tiny (0.8–3 mm (0.031–0.118 in)), smooth, shiny, hairless beetles, only lightly punctured. There are about 450 species worldwide in 50 or so genera, mostly tropical and subtropical. They are most common under the bark of dead trees, but can also occur in compost and other decaying plant material. Little is known specifically about their biology but they are thought to be either predators that feed on other small animals or fungus eating.

The taxonomy is complex. The "Cerylonid Series" is a cluster of highly derived Cucujoidea families comprising Alexiidae, Bothrideridae, Cerylonidae, Coccinellidae, Corylophidae, Discolomatidae, Endomychidae, and Latridiidae.


Cryptophagidae is a family of beetles with representatives found in all ecozones. Members of this family are commonly called silken fungus beetles and both adults and larvae appear to feed exclusively on fungi although in a wide variety of habitats and situations, such as rotting wood and shed animal fur and feathers. These beetles vary from about 1 to 11 millimeters long, and usually have an oval body shape with a slight "waist".

Around 600 species have been described and are placed in about 60 genera in two subfamilies.Subfamilies:




Cyclaxyra is a genus of cucujoid beetles in the family Cyclaxyridae. There are two described species in Cyclaxyra, found on the North Island, South Island, and Stewart Island of New Zealand.Cyclaxyra has been treated as part of the family Phalacridae in the past, but is now considered the only genus of the family Cyclaxyridae.


Discolomatidae is a family of beetles, in the suborder Polyphaga.


Helotidae is a family of beetles, in the suborder Polyphaga. The family includes about five extant genera, Helota MacLeay, Neohelota Ohta, Afrohelotina Kirejtshuk, Metahelotella Kirejtshuk, and Strophohelota Kirejtshuk. Helotidae are found mainly in the Old World tropics and are absent from Australia and Madagascar. The antennae are clubbed on the final three segments and is retractable within grooves under the head. The wings have reduced venation with just 4 anal veins.A few fossil species have been described including Palaeohelota parva from the Lower Cretaceous of the Yixian Formation in China, Burmahelota pengweii and Metahelotella monochromata from the Upper Cretaceous of Northern Myanmar. Another fossil genus Laodiscis placed in this family originally is now considered of uncertain taxonomic position.


Hobartiidae is a family of beetles, in the suborder Polyphaga.


Kateretidae is a family of short-winged flower beetles in the suborder Polyphaga. There are about 11 genera and at least 40 described species in Kateretidae.


Lamingtoniidae is a very small family of beetles, in the suborder Polyphaga. It contains the single genus Lamingtonium and the single species Lamingtonium binnaberrense.


Latridiidae is a family of tiny, little-known beetles commonly called minute brown scavenger beetles. The number of described species currently stands at around 1050 in 29 genera but the number of species is undoubtedly much higher.


The Phalacridae are a family of beetles commonly called the shining flower beetles. They are often found in composite flowers. They are oval-shaped, usually tan, and about 2 mm in length.Worldwide there are about 638 species in 52 genera.


Phloeostichidae is a family of beetles in the superfamily Cucujoidea. There are at least three genera in Phloeostichidae.


Propalticidae is a family of beetles, in the suborder Polyphaga. It contains two genera (Propalticus and Slipinskogenia) with the following species:

Genus Propalticus Sharp, 1879

Propalticus acupinctus John, 1939

Propalticus africanus John, 1956

Propalticus bryanti John, 1960

Propalticus crassiceps John, 1960

Propalticus cuneiformis John, 1960

Propalticus decoomani John, 1960

Propalticus discogenioides John, 1960

Propalticus doddi John, 1960

Propalticus dybasi John, 1960

Propalticus indicus Sen Gupta, 1978

Propalticus inflatus John, 1943

Propalticus insularis John, 1960

Propalticus jansoni Sharp, 1882

Propalticus japonicus Nakane, 1966

Propalticus kiuchii Sasaji, 1971

Propalticus madagascariensis John, 1960

Propalticus mixtocomatus John, 1939

Propalticus morimotoi Kamiya, 1964

Propalticus oculatus Sharp, 1879

Propalticus ryukyuensis Kamiya, 1964

Propalticus saipanensis John, 1960

Propalticus santhomeae John, 1960

Propalticus sarawakensis John, 1960

Propalticus scriptitatus John, 1960

Propalticus sechellarum Scott, 1922

Propalticus sierraleonis John, 1960

Propalticus simplex Crowson & Sen Gupta, 1969

Propalticus striatus John, 1960

Propalticus tonkinensis John, 1960

Propalticus ulimanganus John, 1960

Propalticus virgatus John, 1939

Propalticus wainganus John, 1969

Genus Slipinskogenia Gimmel, 2011

Slipinskogenia bilineata John, 1942

Slipinskogenia burgeoni John, 1942

Slipinskogenia decemarticulata John, 1960

Slipinskogenia disciformis Kolbe, 1897

Slipinskogenia disposita John, 1940

Slipinskogenia donisi John, 1956

Slipinskogenia hargreavesi John, 1960

Slipinskogenia latipenis John, 1942

Slipinskogenia pulchripicta John, 1942

Slipinskogenia schoutedeni John, 1942

Slipinskogenia trilineata John, 1940


Protocucujidae is a family of beetles, in the suborder Polyphaga.


Smicripidae is a family of beetles, in the suborder Polyphaga. The common name for this family is palmetto beetles.


Sphindidae is a family of beetles, in the suborder Polyphaga. Many recent palaeontological discoveries in 2015 have been related to Sphindidae, including the discovery of Libanopsis.

Extant Coleoptera families


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