Jens Esser

Welcome on! 

Previously, the world had to do without: webpages about silken fungus beetles! Now that sad state is corrected.

Cryptophagidae are distributed world-wide, but they prefer temperate regions. In the tropics, most of them live at higher altitudes.

Cryptophagidae are a small family: currently around 600 species are described, a lot of species are not yet named, and several genera need revision.

Their life history is poorly known. Presumably most of them need fungus - but not all?! Some species or genera feed on pollen or spores (rather than just eating the mould or other fungi).



 Different Atomaria species.


You´ll find here in the next future more images, papers and informations on Cryptophagidae.