Epimetopidae is a family of semi-aquatic beetles found on the edges of streams and shallow freshwater ponds. These beetles are shorter than half a centimeter long and have a pronotum with a central projection forming a shelf above the head. On the underside of the abdomen only four sternites are visible. There are less than a hundred species in three genera, Epimetopus which is restricted to the New World,[1] mostly Neotropical, Eupotemus with two Afrotropical species and Eumetopus[2] with some Oriental species. Females carry their eggcases on the underside of the abdomen.[3]

Eumetopus flavidulus Sharp, 1889 (3077728368).jpg
Eumetopus flavidulus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Infraorder: Staphyliniformia
Superfamily: Hydrophiloidea
Family: Epimetopidae
Zaitzev, 1908


  1. ^ Perkins, Philip D. (2012). "A revision of Epimetopus Lacordaire, the New World hooded shore beetles (Coleoptera: Epimetopidae)". Zootaxa. 3531: 1. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.3531.1.1.
  2. ^ Ji, L.; Jäch, M.A. (1998). "Epimetopidae: Synopsis of the genus Eumetopus Balfour-Browne (Coleoptera)". In Jäch, M.A.; Ji, L. (eds.). Water Beetles of China. Volume 2 (PDF). Vienna: Zoologisch-Botanische Gesellschaft in Österreich, Wiener Coleopterologenverein. pp. 195–205.
  3. ^ Fikáček, Martin; Matsumoto, Keita; Perkins, Philip; Prokin, Alexander; Sazhnev, Alexey; Litovkin, Stanislav; Jäch, Manfred A. (2021). "The family Epimetopidae (Coleoptera: Hydrophiloidea): review of current knowledge, genus-level phylogeny, and taxonomic revision of Eupotemus". Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae: 1–34. doi:10.37520/aemnp.2021.001. ISSN 1804-6487.