Phyconomus marinus

Root-eating Beetle

Phyconomus marinus

Order: 

Coleoptera

Family: 

Monotomidae

Very little is known about these beetles. Their size range is around 2.5mm to 3.0mm. P. marinus is elongate and brown and can be confused with smaller weevil beetles upon first inspection, though they lack the characteristic snout (rostrum) that weevil beetles share. They occupy kelp wrack rarely, and likely consume detritus like drying kelp.