The ant-like stone beetles (Scydmaenidae) are a family consisting of small to very small species. They are found in humid places, in wet mosses, in vegetable detritus, in deep forest litter, under bark or stones. Some species are associated with ants or live in the nests of small mammals. Many species and their larvae prey on mites, using cutting or hole-scraping techniques with their mouthparts to get through the mites hard shell. Worldwide more than 4000 species have been described, in Germany 53 species are found. Their determination is often not easy, and requires not only a specimen, but also some skill.