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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Coleopterida
Ordo: Coleoptera
Subordo: Polyphaga
Infraordo: Elateriformia
Superfamilia: Byrrhoidea

Familia: Limnichidae
Subfamiliae (4): Cephalobyrrhinae - Hyphalinae - Limnichinae - Thaumastodinae

Overview of genera

Acontosceles – Babalimnichus – Cephalobyrrhus – Erichia – Ersachus – Hyphalus – Martinius – Mexico – Parathroscinus – Pseudeucinetus – Throscinus – †Palaeoersachus

Limnichidae Erichson, 1846


Arce-Pérez, R.; Morón, M.A. 2010: Lista anotada y clave para los géneros de la familia Limnichidae (Coleoptera: Byrrhoidea) de México. Dugesiana, 17: 1–8. ISSN: 1028-3420 PDF
Britton, E.B. 1977: Three new intertidal species of Limnichidae (Coleoptera) from New Zealand. Records of the Auckland Institute and Museum, 14: 81–85. Reference page.
Hernando, C.; Ribera, I. 2005: 18.5. Limnichidae Erichson, 1846. Pp. 512-518 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.
Hernando, C.; Ribera, I. 2010: Limnichidae: Description of a new species from New Caledonia, and checklist of the taxa recorded from the Australian/Pacific Region (Coleoptera). Pp. 439-449 in: Jäch, M.A. & Balke, M. (eds.): Water beetles of New Caledonia (part 1). Monographs on Coleoptera, 3. ISSN: 1027-8869 PDF
Jäch, M.A.; Madl, M. 2009: Water beetles of Seychelles (Coleoptera). Pp. 11-35, plates 1-2 in: Gerlach, J. (ed.) The Coleoptera of the Seychelles Islands. Pensoft Publishers, Sofia-Moscow. ISBN 9789546424983
Pütz, A.; Hernando, C.; Ribera, I. 2004: A new genus of Limnichidae (Coleoptera) from Baltic amber. Insect systematics & evolution, 35: 329–334.
Spangler, P.J., Staines, C.L., Spangler, P.M. & Staines, S.L. 2001. A checklist of the Limnichidae and the Lutrochidae (Coleoptera) of the world. Insecta Mundi 15(3): 151–165. PDF. Reference page.
Catalogue of Palearctic Coleoptera. Vol. 3 ed. I. Lobl, & A. Smetana, Apollo Books, Stenstrup, Denmark, 2006
ISBN 87-88757-59-5, p.443


Australian Faunal Directory
Tree of Life Web Project. 2006. Limnichidae. Minute marsh-loving beetles. Version 09 December 2006 (temporary) in The Tree of Life Web Project
Atlas of Limnichidae of Russia - project by A.G. Kirejtshuk and A.Herrmann

Vernacular names
English: minute marsh-loving beetles
русский: Лжепилюльщики

Limnichidae, commonly called minute marsh-loving beetles, is a family of beetles belonging to Byrrhoidea. There are at least 30 genera and 350 described species in Limnichidae.[1][2][3][4] They are found worldwide, with the greatest diversity in tropical regions. Most species seem to be associated with water-adjacent habitats, such as riparian and coastal locations, though many species are likely fully terrestrial, with some species being associated with leaf litter and arboreal habitats. Species with known diets feed on moss or algae.[5] The oldest fossils of the family are known from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber from Myanmar.[6]

Acontosceles Champion, 1924
Afrolimnichus Delève, 1968
Babalimnichus Satô, 1994
Bothriophorus Mulsant and Rey, 1852
Byrrhinus Motschulsky, 1858
Caccothryptus Sharp, 1902
Cephalobyrrhinus Pic, 1922
Cephalobyrrhus Pic, 1923
Chibidoronus Satô, 1966
Corrinea Wooldridge, 1980
Cyclolimnichus Delève, 1968
Erichia Reitter, 1895
Ersachus Erichson, 1847
Eulimnichus Casey, 1889
Euthryptus Sharp, 1902
Geolimnichus Hernando and Ribera, 2003
Hyphalus Britton, 1971
Lichminus Casey, 1889
Limnichites Casey, 1889
Limnichoderus Casey, 1889
Limnichomorphus Pic, 1922
Limnichus Latreille, 1829
Mandersia Sharp, 1902
Martinius Spilman, 1959
Mexico Spilman, 1972
Palaeoersachus Pütz, Hernando and Ribera, 2004
Paralimnichus Delève, 1973
Parathroscinus Wooldridge, 1984
Pelochares Mulsant and Rey, 1869
Phalacrichus Sharp, 1902
Physemus LeConte, 1854
Platypelochares Champion, 1923
Pseudeucinetus Heller, 1921
Resachus Delève, 1968
Simplocarina Pic, 1922
Throscinus LeConte, 1874
Tricholimnichus Hernando and Ribera, 2001


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"Limnichidae Report". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
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"Browse Limnichidae". Catalogue of Life. Retrieved 2018-02-23.
Hernando, Carles and Ribera, Ignacio. "Limnichidae Erichson, 1846: Coleoptera, Beetles". Handbook of Zoology Online, edited by Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2016.

Li, Yan-Da; Yu, Ya-Li; Jäch, Manfred A.; Huang, Di-Ying; Cai, Chen-Yang (2022). "Anomocephalobus, a new genus of minute marsh-loving beetles from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber (Coleoptera: Limnichidae)". Zoologia (Curitiba). 39: e21030. doi:10.1590/s1984-4689.v39.e21030. ISSN 1984-4689.

Further reading

Arnett, R.H. Jr.; Thomas, M. C.; Skelley, P. E.; Frank, J. H., eds. (2002). American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea. CRC Press.
Kellogg, Vernon L. (1905). American insects. H. Holt.
Arnett, Ross H. Jr. (2000). American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico. Vol. 2nd Edition. CRC Press. ISBN 0-8493-0212-9.
Leng, Charles W. (1920). Catalogue of the Coleoptera of America, North of Mexico. John D. Sherman, Jr.
Crotch, G.R. (1873). Check list of the Coleoptera of America, north of Mexico. Naturalists' Agency.
Capinera, John L., ed. (2008). Encyclopedia of Entomology. Springer. ISBN 978-1402062421.
Gillott, Cedric (1980). Entomology. Plenum Press. ISBN 0-306-40366-8.
Donald J. Borror; Roger Tory Peterson; Richard E. White (1998). A Field Guide to Insects. Houghton Mifflin.
Blatchley, W.S. (1910). An illustrated descriptive catalogue of the Coleoptera, beetles (exclusive of the Rhynchophora) known to occur in Indiana. Nature Pub.
Papp, Charles S. (1984). Introduction to North American Beetles. Entomography Pubns.
White, Richard E. (1983). Peterson Field Guides: Beetles. Houghton Mifflin.

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