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Beetle (Fungi) Zearagytodes maculifer

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Superfamily: Staphylinoidea
Family: Leiodidae
Subfamily: Camiarinae
Tribe: Agyrtodini
Genus: Zearagytodes
Species: Zearagytodes maculifer

Zearagytodes maculifer is a smal (2-3 mm) endemic winged beetle that congregates, lives and feeds on the Ganoderma species of polypore mushrooms (bracket fungi) that grow on wood. The can gather in large groups. Ganoderma produces perennial sporocarps (fruiting bodies) that provide food (spores) and habitats for this beetle. Since the feeding beetles use only a minute percentage of spores that is discharged from the fungi hymenial surface they virtually have no effect on the fungi.