Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
formerly treated as a family, Scydmaenidae(1)
>200 spp. in 18 genera in our area (~5000 spp. in 90 genera worldwide)(1)
key to genera in Arnett & Thomas (2000)(1)
worldwide and throughout N. Amer.
Variety of moist microhabitats (leaf litter, tree hollows, moss, rotten logs, etc.), though sometimes in drier habitats. Some species are associated with ants or termites(1)
Adults and larvae feed on orbatid mites(1)
Grebennikov V.V, & A.F. Newton. 2009. Good-bye Scydmaenidae, or why the ant-like stone beetles should become megadiverse Staphylinidae sensu latissimo (Coleoptera). European Journal of Entomology 106: 275–301. Full PDF
Lea. A.M. 1910. Australian and Tasmanian Coleoptera inhabiting or resorting to the nests of ants, bees and termites. Proceedings of The Royal Society of Victoria 23: 116-225.
Lea, A.M. 1912. Australian and Tasmanian Coleoptera inhabiting or resorting to the nests of ants, bees, and termites. Supplement. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 25: 31-78.