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Genus Bledius

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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 Oxytelinae (Spiny-legged Rove Beetles)
Tribe Blediini
Genus Bledius
Explanation of Names
Bledius Leach 1819
90 spp. in our area(1), >450 worldwide(2)
worldwide, incl. most of NA(2)
near fresh and saline wet areas(1)
Life Cycle
Adults of at least some species harvest algae from the wet surface and store it in living chambers excavated in the mud or sand; females lay eggs and rear larvae in these special tunnels, which can be sealed during high tide or periods of high water(1)
Works Cited
1.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.
2.Newton A.F., Thayer M.K. Catalog of higher taxa of Staphyliniformia and genera and subgenera of Staphylinoidea [online]
3.Revision of Bledius and Related Genera: Part 1
Lee H. Herman Jr. 1972. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History.
4.Revision of Bledius and Related Genera Part 2
Lee H. Herman Jr. 1976. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History.
5.Revision of Bledius: Part 3
Lee H. Herman Jr. 1983. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History.
6.Revision of Bledius: Part 4
Lee H. Herman Jr. 1986. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History.