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  Order Coleoptera      Superfamily Dryopoidea 27,650  
  Dryopidae

Elmidae (riffle beetles)

Heteroceridae  
The riffle beetles (Elmidae) are a medium size small family of beetles, which is found in small streams and brooks. They feed on algae, moss and vegetable detritus. Worldwide some 1500 species in 140 genera have been described, thereof only 25 species from Germany.
World: 1500 Europe: 43 Germany: 25 collected: 3 fraction: 12%

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1.9 - 2.2 mm
Elmis aenea
1.7 - 1.9 mm
Oulimnius tuberculatus
2.8 - 3.2 mm
Limnius volckmari


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 Elmidae (riffle beetles) – currently missing species (22):
 Potamophilus acuminatus
 Stenelmis canaliculata
 Stenelmis consobrina
 Elmis latreillei
 Elmis rietscheli
 Elmis maugetii
 Elmis rioloides
 Elmis obscura
 Esolus pygmaeus
 Esolus parallelepipedus
 Esolus angustatus
 Oulimnius troglodytes
 Oulimnius rivularis
 Limnius perrisi
 Limnius opacus
 Limnius muelleri
 Normandia nitens
 Normandia sodalis
 Riolus cupreus
 Riolus subviolaceus
 Riolus illiesi
 Macronychus quadrituberculatus
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