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          This family ranges throughout the Northern Hemisphere and in Australia, but has not been found in Africa and South America.  The greatest diversity is in Asia.  Their length ranges from 4.3–26 mm. The body is slightly flattened to convex, with the sides of the body being not evenly curved. Upper surfaces of the body are usually glabrous or clothed with hairs, setae or scales.  The prothorax, metathorax and-or abdomen is without expressible glands. The antennae are not geniculate; without an apical club, and thare are 11 antennomeres.  The sclerotized labrum is usually visible.  They have a well-developed scutellum.  The hind wing is well developed and does not have a hairy fringe.


          The grublike larvae of species of Dascillus and Notodascillus occur in the soil where they are believed to feed on roots.. At least some species feed on subterranean termites


          The family has been broadly defined to include many taxa that are now assigned to the Ptilodactylidae, Psephenidae, Artematopodidae and sine Scirtidae. Crowson (1971).



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References:   Please refer to  <biology.ref.htm>, [Additional references may be found at:  MELVYL Library]


Arnett, R. H., Jr. 1964. Notes on Karumiidae (Coleoptera). Coleopterists' Bulletin, 18: 65–68.


Catalogue of Palearctic Coleoptera. Vol. 3.  2006.  ed. I. Lobl, & A. Smetana, Apollo Books, Stenstrup, Denmark,  p.323


Crowson, R. A. 1971. Observations on the superfamily Dascilloidea (Coleoptera: Polyphaga), with the inclusion of Karumiidae and Rhipiceridae. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 50: 11–19.


Fairmaire, L. 1895. Descriptions d'un genre et de trois espèces de Coléoptères nouveaux. Bulletin de la Société Entomologique de France 1985: ccv-ccvi.


Ivie, M. A.  2001. The familial placement of the genus Haematoides Fairmaire (Coleoptera: Dascillidae, Byturidae). Coleopterists bulletin, 55: 338–340.


Lawrence, J. F. 1991. Dascillidae (Dascilloidea). Pages 369–370 in Immature Insects. Vol. 2. F. W. Stehr (ed.), Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., Dubuque, Iowa.


Lawrence, J. F. & A. F. Newton. 1995.  Families and subfamilies of Coleoptera (with selected genera, notes and references, and data on family-group names). Pages 779-1006 in Biology, Phylogeny, and Classification of Coleoptera: Papers Celebrating the 80th Birthday of Roy A. Crowson. Pakaluk, J. and Slipinski, S. A., eds. Muzeum i Instytut Zoologii PAN, Warsaw.


Lawrence, J. F.  2005. 16.1. Dascillidae Guérin-Méneville, 1843. Pp. 451-456 in: Beutel, R.G. & Leschen, R.A.B. (volume eds.) Coleoptera, Beetles. Volume 1: Morphology and systematics (Archostemata, Adephaga, Myxophaga, Polyphaga partim). In: Kristensen, N.P. & Beutel, R.G. (eds.) Handbook of zoology. A natural history of the phyla of the animal kingdom. Volume IV. Arthropoda: Insecta. Part 38. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter.


Lohse, G. A. 1979. 39. Familie: Dascillidae, pp. 249–250. IN: H. Freude, K. W. Harde and G. A. Lohse (eds.), Die Käfer Mitteleuropas. Band 6. Diversicornia. Goecke & Evers, Krefeld.


Murray, A. 1868. List of Coleoptera received from Old Calabar, on the west coast of Africa (part). Annals and Magazine of Natural History (4) 2: 91–111.


O'Keefe, S. 2002. Dascillidae. Pages 90-91 In: American Beetles. Volume 2. Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea. Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL. xiv + 861 pp.


Paulus, H. F. 1972. Die systematische und phylogenetische Stellung der Karumiidae, mit einer Beschreibung von Escalerina serraticornis n. sp. aus S-Persien (Ins.: Coleoptera: Cantharoidea). Senckenbergiana Biologica, 53: 37–54.


Pic, M. 1914. Pars 58. Dascillidae, Helodidae, Eucinetidae. IN: S. Schenkling (ed.), Coleopterorum Catalogus. W. Junk, Berlin, 65 pp.


Pic, M. 1927. Pars 94. Phengodidae, Karumiidae. IN: S. Schenkling (ed.), Coleopterorum Catalogus. W. Junk, Berlin, 8 pp.


Solervicens, J. 1991. Descripción de la hembre de Pleolobus fuscescens Philippi y Philippi (Coleoptera, Karumiidae) y observaciones sobre esta especie. Acta Entomologica Chilena, 16: 119–124.