Family CERATOCOMBIDAE Fieber, 1860
A small family, distributed worlwide. About 10 genera and 50 species are described, but the number of undescribed tropical species is very high. All palaearctic representatives belong to one genus, which includes most species and has the largest distribution within the family. Most of the palaearctic species are living in moderately humid leaf litter in forests and meadows, but Ceratocombus corticalis is living under loose bark and in rotten wood of coniferous trees in primeval forests. The palaearctic species overwinter in the egg stage.