Jens Esser

Cryptophilus Reitter, 1874 (Erotylidae, pleasing fungus beetles)

Similar to some genera of Cryptophagidae Cryptophilus specimens were often confused with Cryptophagidae. Their will find on the same mouldy substrates like many Cryptophagidae.

Find below a little gallery of the three Cryptophilus species known from Europe. 


Esser, J. (2016): Über die Identität von Cryptophilus integer (Heer, 1841) (Coleoptera: Erotylidae). – Entomologische Nachrichten und Berichte 60/3+4: 213-218. 

Esser, J. (2017): On the Nearctic Cryptophilus Reitter, 1874 (Coleoptera: Erotylidae). – Linzer biologische Beiträge 49/ (in press).




Many thanks to Arved Lompe for the images of the aedoeagi of Cryptophilus sp.!





Curelius johnsoni Esser, 2017  - Cryptophagidae of the month.  Recently described from RSA and named after Colin Johnson (UK) to honor his extensive work on Cryptophagidae.