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: Oxypodini.Contains: Calodera. Rove by the riverside Published 5 September 2020 The Staphylinidae, commonly known as the rove beetles, are one of the most diverse of the recognised beetle families. Indeed, thanks to their habit in recent years of glomming up lineages previously treated as distinct families like the pselaphids and scydmaenids, they now… Continue reading Oxypodina


Belongs within: Aleocharinae.Contains: Zyras. The Lomechusini are a diverse but poorly defined group of staphylinid beetles that have been recognised in the past (under the name Myrmedoniini) as including almost all Aleocharinae with 4,5,5-segmented tarsi. Many species possess mouthparts with extensive maxillary sinuses that extend caudally beyond the cardo, and an elongated galea and lacinia… Continue reading Lomechusini


Belongs within: Aleocharini. Aleochara is a genus of aleocharine staphylinids characterised by a partially concealed head and five-segmented tarsi with the first segment much longer than the second. They are commonly associated with decaying matter (Olliff 1886). Characters (from Olliff 1886): Mentum very short, narrowed and slightly emarginate in front. Ligula very short, broad, bifid.… Continue reading Aleochara


Belongs within: Corotocini. The Abrotelina are a group of distinctively frail-bodied physogastric staphylinid beetles found in association with nasutitermitine termites in the Neotropical region (Seevers 1957). Characters (from Seevers 1957): Frail-bodied, frequently with very thin sclerites; head and thorax slender, abdomen ovoidal, weakly to strongly physogastric. Entire clypeus very weakly sclerotised or not sclerotised; very… Continue reading Abrotelina


Belongs within: Aleocharinae. The Termitonannini are a group of mostly limuloid staphylinid beetles found in association with nasutitermitine termites (Seevers 1957). Characters (from Seevers 1957): Body usually non-physogastric and limuloid, very rarely physogastric. Head either prognathous or hypognathous; antennae 9-11-segmented, terminal antennal segments bearing one or more pairs of polytrichous coeloconic sensilla; mentum free except… Continue reading Termitonannini


Belongs within: Corotocini. The Termitogastrina are a lineage of physogastric staphylinids found in association with nasutitermitine termites of the genera Nasutitermes, Trinervitermes and Grallatotermes. Though difficult to characterise as a whole due to the derived morphology of some genera, all carry the variously inflated abdomen recurved over the foreparts. In less derived species, the tarsi… Continue reading Termitogastrina


Belongs within: Aleocharinae. The Termitopaediini is a group of physogastric staphylinid beetles found in association with fungus-culturing termites in Africa and southern Asia (Seevers 1957). Characters (from Seevers 1957): Maxillary acetabula moderately sized; galea and lacinia moderate in length, galea usually foliate and membranous; terminal antennal segments without coeloconic sensilla; mesocoxal acetabula large, shallow, faintly… Continue reading Termitopaediini


Belongs within: Aleocharinae.Contains: Tomoglossa, Dimetrotina, Atheta, Tachyusini. The Athetini are a diverse group of staphylinid beetles, primarily found in humid microhabitats among decaying organic matter. Two genera of Athetini, Termitotelus and Coptotermoecia, are found in association with termites (Seevers 1957). Characters (from Fenyes 1921; Seevers 1957): Head visible from above; antennae inserted medial to eyes.… Continue reading Athetini


Belongs within: Aleocharinae. The Termitodiscini are a group of minute limuloid staphylinid beetles found in association with fungus-growing termites in Africa and Asia (Seevers 1957). Characters (from Seever 1957): Body-form limuloid; head concealed beneath very large pronotum, hypognathous; antennae inserted in deep fossae medial to eyes, their scapes resting in these fossae; antennae 10- or… Continue reading Termitodiscini