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Genus Hister

Hister depurator Clown Beetle - Hister Hister indistinctus Say 1825 - Hister indistinctus Hister indistinctus Say - Hister indistinctus Unknown Beetle - Hister furtivus Hister histerid from gopher tortoise burrow in upland pine habitat - Hister laevipes Small carrion-like beetle - Hister militaris
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 Hydrophiloidea (Water Scavenger and Clown Beetles)
Family Histeridae (Clown Beetles)
Subfamily Histerinae
Tribe Histerini
Genus Hister
Explanation of Names
Hister Linnaeus 1758
LeConte suggests that Linnaeus named this genus after a filthy character mentioned in a Juvenal's satire(1)
25 spp. in our area(2), ~220 spp. worldwide
chiefly forested areas, on carrion, in mammal burrows, debris piles of leafcutter ants(2)
Works Cited
1.An illustrated descriptive catalogue of the Coleoptera or beetles (exclusive of the Rhynchophora) known to occur in Indiana.
Blatchley, W. S. 1910. Indianapolis,Nature Pub. Co.
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.