Silpha tristis, copyright Wim Rubers.

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 long
as 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 Reitter 1884]P01
|--S. tristis Illiger 1798LC20, P01
`--+--S. longicornisLC20
`--S. perforataLC20

Silpha incertae sedis:
S. aestiva Linnaeus 1758L58
S. agaricina Linnaeus 1758L58
S. americana Linnaeus 1758L58
S. aquatica Linnaeus 1758L58
S. beutenmuelleriLC20
S. bipunctata Linnaeus 1758L58
S. carinataC01
S. colon Linnaeus 1758L58
S. depressa Linaeus 1758L58
S. ferruginea Linnaeus 1758L58
S. germanica Linnaeus 1758L58
S. granulataR26
S. grisea Linnaeus 1758L58
S. grossa Linnaeus 1758L58
S. indica Linnaeus 1758L58
S. levigataR26
S. littoralis Linnaeus 1758L58
S. maura Linnaeus 1758L58
S. noveboracensisY96
S. oblonga Linnaeus 1758L58
S. obscura Linnaeus 1758L58
S. opaca Linnaeus 1758L58
S. pedicularis Linnaeus 1758L58
S. puncticollis Lucas 1846E12
S. quadripunctata Linnaeus 1758L58
S. rugosa Linnaeus 1758L58
S. sabulosa Linnaeus 1758L58
S. seminulum Linnaeus 1758L58
S. sinuataL02
S. thoracica Linnaeus 1758L58
S. tuberculata Lucas 1846E12
S. vespillo Linnaeus 1758L58

*Type species of generic name indicated


[C01] Csiki, E. 1901. Bogarak [Coleopteren]. In: Horváth, G. (ed.) Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazása [Dritte Asiatische Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] vol. 2. Zichy Jenő Gróf Harmadik Ázsiai Utazásának Állattani Eredményei [Zoologische Ergebnisse der Dritten Asiatischen Forschungsreise des Grafen Eugen Zichy] pp. 75–120. Victor Hornyánszky: Budapest, and Karl W. Hierseman: Leipzig.

[E12] Evenhuis, N. L. 2012. Publication and dating of the Exploration Scientifique de l’Algérie: Histoire Naturelle des Animaux Articulés (1846–1849) by Pierre Hippolyte Lucas. Zootaxa 3448: 1–61.

[L02] Latreille, P. A. 1802. Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière des crustacés et des insectes vol. 3. Familles naturelles des genres. F. Dufart: Paris.

[L58] Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae, secundum classes, ordines, genera, species, cum characteribus, differentiis, synonymis, locis. Tomus I. Editio decima, reformata. Laurentii Salvii: Holmiae.

[LC20] Lü, L., C.-Y. Cai, X. Zhang, A. F. Newton, M. K. Thayer & H.-Z. Zhou. 2020. Linking evolutionary mode to palaeoclimate change reveals rapid radiations of staphylinoid beetles in low-energy conditions. Current Zoology 66 (4): 435–444.

[P01] Peck S. B. 2001. Silphidae Latreille, 1807. In: Arnett, R. H., Jr & M. C. Thomas (eds) American Beetles vol. 1. Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia pp. 268–271. CRC Press: Boca Raton.

[R26] Risso, A. 1826. Histoire naturelle des principales productions de l’Europe méridionale et particulièrement de celles des environs de Nice et des Alpes maritimes vol. 5. F.-G. Levrault: Paris.

[Y96] Yoder, W. A. 1996. The biology and phoretic behavior of Poecilochirus (Parasitidae) on Silphidae (Coleoptera). In: Mitchell, R., D. J. Horn, G. R. Needham & W. C. Welbourn (eds) Acarology IX vol. 1. Proceedings pp. 81–83. Ohio Biological Survey: Columbus (Ohio).

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