Ptinidae is a family of beetles in the superfamily Bostrichoidea. There are at least 220 genera and 2,200 described species in Ptinidae worldwide. The family includes spider beetles and deathwatch beetles. Spider beetles are so named because they look like spiders. Some species have long legs, antennae that can seem like an additional pair of legs, and a body shape that may appear superficially like that of a spider.

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  • Ptinidae is a family of beetles in the superfamily Bostrichoidea. There are at least 220 genera and 2,200 described species in Ptinidae worldwide. The family includes spider beetles and deathwatch beetles. There are three main groups in the superfamily Bostrichoidea: Bostrichidae, Anobiidae, and Ptinidae. These have undergone frequent changes in hierarchical classification since their inception. They have been treated as a single family, three independent families, the two families Bostrichidae and Anobiidae, or the two families Bostrichidae and Ptinidae. More recent literature treats these as the two families Bostrichidae and Ptinidae, with Anobiidae a subfamily of Ptinidae (Anobiinae). Spider beetles are so named because they look like spiders. Some species have long legs, antennae that can seem like an additional pair of legs, and a body shape that may appear superficially like that of a spider. Deathwatch beetles are named because of a clicking noise that two (and possibly more) species tend to make in the walls of houses and other buildings. This clicking noise is designed to communicate with potential mates, but has historically caused fear of impending death during times of plague and sickness. (en)
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  • Latreille, 1802 (en)
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  • at least 220 genera (en)
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  • List of Ptinidae genera (en)
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  • Late Albian-Present (en)
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  • Caenocara (en)
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  • * Alvarenganiellinae (Viana and Martínez, 1971) * Anobiinae (Fleming, 1821) * Dorcatominae (C. G. Thomson, 1859) * Dryophilinae (LeConte, 1861) * Ernobiinae (Pic, 1912) * Eucradinae (LeConte, 1861) * Mesocoelopodinae (Mulsant & Rey, 1864) * Ptilininae (Shuckard, 1840) * Ptininae (Latreille, 1802) * Xyletininae (Gistel, 1856) (en)
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  • Subfamilies (en)
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  • Ptinidae (en)
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  • Ptinidae is a family of beetles in the superfamily Bostrichoidea. There are at least 220 genera and 2,200 described species in Ptinidae worldwide. The family includes spider beetles and deathwatch beetles. Spider beetles are so named because they look like spiders. Some species have long legs, antennae that can seem like an additional pair of legs, and a body shape that may appear superficially like that of a spider. (en)
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  • Ptinidae (en)
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