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Heteroceridae (variegated mud-loving beetles)

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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 Missing species Overview in inquiry module fraction: 20%
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Missing species 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