The minute bark beetles (Cerylonidae) are a rather small family of tiny beetles. Worldwide some 450 species in 52 genera have been described. Although the family occurs in all major zoogeographic regions of the world, cerylonids are most diverse and abundant in the tropics and forested areas of the subtropics. Seven species are known to occur in Germany. Cerylonids are found under bark of rotten logs and in decaying leaf litter, they are thought to feed on fungal hyphae and spores or slime molds.