These beetles are about 3 mm long, oval and shiny. The antennae are 10-segmented, and there is a distinct three-segmented club. The majority of species are found under bark or in decaying organic matter. Some species are known from grain storage warehouses.

Minute beetle, Murmidius ovalis Adults are about 1.5 mm long, and shiny reddish brown. Larvae are pale yellow, flattened oval and with the head hidden below, and with bristly appendages around the margin and on the back. Larval development is complete in about 2 months under humid conditions; under cool conditions, development can extend to 7 months. The full-grown larva pupates in a hemispherical cocoon, which is fastened to the substrate. Adults and larvae are sometimes found in stored grain or cereal products.

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