Beetle family Staphylinidae Latreille, 1802
Diagnosis of the family
Staphylinidae is one of the largest families of beetles with about 50,000 described species which belong to more than 3,000 genera. Most staphylinids can be recognized by having short elytra, which do not cover 4 to 6 abdominal terga and large conical and contiguous procoxae. In Scaphidiinae, Dasycerinae and some Proteininae and Omaliinae the elytra cover most of the abdomen. Dasycerinae can be recognized by their lathridiid-like appearance and very slender antennae. Scaphydiinae have very characteristic convex body. Omaliinae usually have two ocelli (reduced in some genera).
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Last updated: April 18, 2009