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Species Lithocharis tricolor

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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 Paederinae
Tribe Paederini
Subtribe Medonina
Genus Lithocharis
Species tricolor (Lithocharis tricolor)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
often referred to as Lithocharis ochracea (Gravenhorst 1802)
Explanation of Names
Lithocharis tricolor (Fabricius 1787)
cosmopolitan(1), adventive and widespread in NA (scattered records across the continent, mostly on the Atlantic & Pacific coasts)(2)
in NA, synanthropic; fields, parks, in litter, rotten hay, compost(3)
earliest record in our area: before 1905(3)
Works Cited
1.Coleoptera Poloniae
2.Checklist of beetles (Coleoptera) of Canada and Alaska. Second edition
Bousquet Y., Bouchard P., Davies A.E., Sikes D.S. 2013. ZooKeys 360: 1–402.
3.Introduced Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) in the Maritime Provinces of Canada
Majka C.G., Klimaszewski J. 2008. The Canadian Entomologist 140: 48-72.