Belongs within: Staphylinidae. The Scaphidiinae are a group of rove beetles with a convex body form and long elytra covering most of the abdomen. As far as is known, all species are mycophagous (Newton et al. 2001). Characters (from Newton et al. 2001): Body form broadly oval, compact, very convex and shiny, with long slender… Continue reading Scaphidiinae


Belongs within: Staphylinidae.Contains: Termitonannini, Termitopaediini, Termitodiscini, Termitusina, Termitohospitina, Trichopseniini, Corotocini, Hypocyphtini, Aleocharini, Bolitocharini, Gyrophaenina, Homalota, Leptusina, Liparocephalini, Oxypodini, Falagriini, Geostibini, Doryloxenus, Lomechusini, Athetini. The Aleocharinae are a diverse group of staphylinid beetles in which the antennae are usually inserted in the vertex between the eyes (Newton et al. 2001). Characters (from Newton et al. 2001):… Continue reading Aleocharinae


Belongs within: Staphylinidae.Contains: Conosoma, Tachyporus. The Tachyporinae are an assemblage of staphylinid beetles lacking a distinct neck and with an epipleural keel on each elytron (Newton et al. 2001). Characters (from Newton et al. 2001): Body usually more or less sublimuloid, small head more or less retractile to level of eyes and lacking distinct neck,… Continue reading Tachyporinae


Belongs within: Staphylinidae.Contains: Coryphiina. The Omaliinae are a group of staphylinid beetles typically possessing a pair of ocelli near the hind margin of the head (Newton et al. 2001). The subfamily as historically recognised is resolved by molecular data as paraphyletic to taxa that have been assigned to separate subfamilies Glypholomatinae, Microsilpha and Empelus (Lü… Continue reading Omaliinae

Categorised as Omaliinae


Belongs within: Staphylinoidea.Contains: Pseudopsinae, Scaphidiinae, Osoriini, Piestinae, Oxytelinae, Proteininae, Omaliinae, Paederinae, Staphylininae, Mycetoporini, Phloeocharinae, Silphidae, Tachyporinae, Scydmaeninae, Aleocharinae, Steninae, Euaesthetinae, Leptotyphlinae, Pselaphinae, Leptochirini, Thoracophorini. The Staphylinidae is an extremely large family of usually small, gracile beetles with a flexible abdomen. Many staphylinids have reduced elytra that expose the greater part of a long, flexible abdomen,… Continue reading Staphylinidae


Belongs within: Staphylinidae.Contains: Euconnini, Cyrtoscydmini. The Scydmaeninae, ant-like stone beetles, are a group of minute beetles found in habitats such as leaf litter or moss, or in association with ants or termites (O’Keefe 2001). Though long treated as their own family, more recent phylogenetic studies have established that they are derived within the Staphylinidae and… Continue reading Scydmaeninae


Belongs within: Aleocharinae.Contains: Abrotelina, Termitogastrina. The Corotocini are a group of physogastric staphylinid beetles found mostly in association with nasutitermitine termites, with a very few species found with the termitine genus Anoplotermes. Many species carry the abdomen recurved over the abdomen though members of the Neotropical subtribe Timeparthenina have the abdomen most swollen basally and… Continue reading Corotocini


Belongs within: Staphylinidae. The Steninae are a group of rove beetles characterised by bulbous eyes, enclosed fore coxae and small, widely separated hind coxae. Members of the genus Stenus have very large eyes occupying almost the entire side of the head and a modified, protrusible labium whereas Dianous has smaller eyes and a normal labium (Newton et al. 2001).… Continue reading Steninae

Categorised as Steninae


Belongs within: Silphidae. Silpha is a genus of scavenging beetles native to the Old World. Characters (from Peck 2001): Antennal club relatively slender; antennomere 2 as longas 3, 8 as long as 9; labrum broadly, shallowly emarginate; pronotum widest toward base; pronotal postcoxal lobe well-developed, projecting, pointed; mesocoxae widely separated. Silpha Linnaeus 1758 [incl. Ablattaria… Continue reading Silpha

Categorised as Silphidae


Belongs within: Staphylinidae.Contains: Silpha. The Silphidae are a family of large, flattened beetles. Silphids are best known as scavengers of vertebrate carcasses but they also include predators of gastropods or insect larvae and plant-feeders. Silphinae, the large carrion beetles, prefer to reproduce on larger carcasses whereas Nicrophorus, the sexton or burying beetles, prefer smaller carcasses… Continue reading Silphidae

Categorised as Silphidae