Rove Beetles are the fifth largest beetle family in Australia. They often live in decomposing plant material. Most species are predators, but some eat fungal spores or eat detritus. Many of them can exude unpleasant smelling chemicals as defense and some can bite. Despite the tiny elytra, the majority of adults have functional wings compactly folded under the protective cover.
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