Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Superfamily: Tenebrionoidea
Family: Pyrochroidae
Subfamily: Pilipalpinae

The beetles of the subfamily Pilipalpinae belong to the small family of fire-coloured beetles (Pyrochroidae). They are found only in the Southern Hemisphere, occurring in Australia, Chile, Madagascar and New Zealand. Most of the genera are small or even monotypic, but it is highly likely that a number of undescribed species exist.

This small 8mm beetle was found on the edge of Mt Egmont/Taranaki reserve on the upper Arawata Rd, South Taranaki at 380 m.


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