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Species Ocypus olens - Devil's Coach Horse

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Staphyliniformia)
Superfamily Staphylinoidea (Rove, Carrion and Fungus Beetles)
Family Staphylinidae (Rove Beetles)
Subfamily Staphylininae (Large Rove Beetles)
Tribe Staphylinini
Subtribe Staphylinina
Genus Ocypus
Species olens (Devil's Coach Horse)
Explanation of Names
Ocypus (Ocypus) olens (O. Müller 1764)
25-28 mm
native to w. Palaearctic(1), adventive in NA (w. US: WA-CA-AZ)(2)
They often eat, and may help to control, the introduced brown garden snail. --Margaret Thayer
earliest record in our area: CA 1931(2)
Works Cited
1.Coleoptera Poloniae
2.American Beetles, Volume I: Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia
Arnett, R.H., Jr., and M. C. Thomas. (eds.). 2000. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.