|With two British species; Biphyllus lunatus (Fabricius) and
Diplocoelus fagi (Chevrolat). Formerly included within Erotylidae
but distinct in having raised ridges on the
pronotum parallel to the side margin and lacking any bilobed hind tarsal segments. They are elongate-oval, very convex and rather sombre
insects, punctate and pubescent throughout. 2.7-3.5mm. Antennae 11 segmented and distinctly clubbed, inserted
under front margin of head. Pronotum transverse with a row of small curved setae clearly visible (X20) along the
elytral margins. Elytra with regular rows (including scutellary) of deeply impressed punctures, epipleurs distinct.
Tarsi 5-5-5 with last segment elongate, each with two simple claws.
Both species are associated with fungi growing on trees.
Biphyllus is distinctive. Diplocoelus with the above characters, head and thorax reddish, elytra dark with base reddish. Antennae and legs lighter red. Both species key out in Joy's handbook; Biphyllus (as Diphyllus) in Nitidulidae and Diplocoelus in Cryptophagidae. As described above both species can be named with confidence.
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