|See also deathwatch any coleopterous beetle of the family Anobiidae, in which the pronotum characteristically forms a hood that more or less covers the head. The family includes such notorious pests as the furniture beetle (Anobium punctatum) and the deathwatch beetle, the larvae of which attack furniture and beams|
any of the approximately 1,100 species of insects of the family Anobiidae (order Coleoptera). These beetles tend to be small (1 to 9 mm, or less than 0.5 inch) and cylindrical. When disturbed they usually pull in their legs and play dead
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