name = Ship-timber beetles
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ordo = Coleoptera
superfamilia = Lymexyloidea
familia = Lymexylidae
familia_authority = Fleming, 1821
subdivision_ranks = Genera
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Atractocerus" " Australymexylon" " Hylecoetus" (= "Elateroides") " Lymexylon" " Melittomma" " Melittommopsis" " Promelittomma"The Lymexylidae, or ship-timber beetles, are a family of wood-boring beetles, and the sole member of the superfamily Lymexyloidea.
They are 7 to 18 mm long. The
larvae bore into living and decaying wood, where they eat the fungi that grow in their tunnels. Some species are pests, killing live trees and damaging timber structures such as houses and ships.
There are 37 species in 7 genera, including:
chestnut timberworm, " Melittomma sericeum"
* The ship timber beetle, "
* L. Watson and M. J. Dallwitz, [http://delta-intkey.com/britin/col/www/lymexyli.htm Lymexylidae]
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