|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.