Silpha

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

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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

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