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Holometabola > Coleoptera
> Superfamily: Staphylinoidea
Tiny beetles, 0.4 - 2.0 mm long. Adults and larvae live in
decaying organic matter (e.g. leaf litter) and feed on fungal spores. Members of
the tribe Nanosellini live in the spore tubes of bracket fungi, and members of
the subfamily Cephaloplectinae live in ant nests (i.e. they are myrmecophiles).
There is only one named species of ptiliid in southern Africa but there are
probably other species still to be given names.