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  Order Coleoptera      Superfamily Dryopoidea 26,991  

Heteroceridae (variegated mud-loving beetles)

The variegated mud-loving beetles (Heteroceridae) are a rather small family of small beetles with fossorial legs and pubescent elytra. They live in self-excavated tunnels on the edge fresh and brackish lakes, rivers and ponds. Heterocerids are known to occur in intertidal sandflats, a rare example of coleopterans in marine habitats. Worldwide some 250 species have been described from all biogeographical realms except the Antarctica, thereof only 15 from Germany. Their determination by photo is impossible.
World: 250 Europe: 22 Germany: 15 collected: 3 fraction: 20%


3.5 - 4.3 mm
Heterocerus marginatus
3 - 4.5 mm
Heterocerus fenestratus
3 - 3.5 mm
Heterocerus hispidulus

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Heteroceridae (variegated mud-loving beetles) – currently missing species (12):
  Micilus murinus
  Heterocerus parallelus
  Heterocerus fossor
  Heterocerus flexuosus
  Heterocerus obsoletus
  Heterocerus fusculus
  Heterocerus pruinosus
  Heterocerus intermedius
  Heterocerus crinitus
  Heterocerus maritimus
  Heterocerus sericans
  Heterocerus aureolus
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