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Species Xantholinus linearis

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Classification
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 Xantholinini
Genus Xantholinus
Species linearis (Xantholinus linearis)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Xantholinus linearis (Olivier, 1794)

Synonyms:
Staphylinus linearis Olivier, 1794
Staphylinus punctulatus Schrank, 1798 (not Paykull, 1789)
Staphylinus ochraceus Gravenhorst, 1802
Staphylinus longiceps Gravenhorst, 1802
Xantholinus aequalis Fauvel, 1898
Xantholinus oregonus Fender, 1946 (ex parte)
Xantholinus aequalis Fauvel, 1898 (ex parte)
Size
6 to 8.6 mm (1)
Range
Native to the Palaearctic, introduced into North America initially to the west coast (first records in 1920 from Vancouver Island, British Columbia and 1931 from Seattle, Washington). It was later introduced separately to the east coast, with the earliest eastern records being in 1976 & 1978 from Massachusetts. (1)

In North America, it can be found in the northeast and Pacific northwest (apparently currently disjunct). (1)(2)

State/Province Records: (1)(2)(3)(4)(5)(6)(7)
CAN: AB, BC, NB, NF, NS, ON, PE
USA: CA, DE, ID, MA, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OR, PA, RI, UT, WA
Habitat
Usually in various kinds of decaying organic matter (e.g. dung, compost, and rotting plants). Has been found in gardens, farmland, disturbed areas, debris around farmhouses, leaf litter, moss, under stones and boards, and in low vegetation. (1)(5)