Geographical Range Tropical and temperate regions worldwide
Habitat Various habitats, including forests, grasslands, deserts; also found in houses and other buildings
Scientific Name Dermestes maculatus
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

These beetles play an important role as decomposers. Both the adults and larvae feed on dried animal carcasses, reducing them to bones within days. In this way, hide beetles help recycle vital nutrients through their ecosystem.