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Genus Ptomaphagus

Ptomaphagus nevadicus Horn - Ptomaphagus nevadicus Ptomaphagus (Appadelopsis) fumosus (Peck) - Ptomaphagus fumosus Ptomaphagus (Appadelopsis) fumosus (Peck) - Ptomaphagus fumosus Ptomaphagus (Appadelopsis) merritti Tishechkin - Ptomaphagus merritti Ptomaphagus cavernicola Schwarz - Ptomaphagus cavernicola - female Catops? - Ptomaphagus - female Bug - Ptomaphagus ulkei - male Small Carrion Beetle - Ptomaphagus brevior
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 Leiodidae (Round Fungus Beetles)
Subfamily Cholevinae (Small Carrion Beetles)
Genus Ptomaphagus
Explanation of Names
Ptomaphagus Illiger 1798
'corpse eater'
52 spp. in our area(1), >120 total(2)
Eurasia & most of NA
various litter/soil habitats, ant nests, animal burrows; 18 spp. are blind inhabitants on caves in so. US(1)
Print References
Peck S.B. (1973) A systematic revision and the evolutionary biology of the Ptomaphagus (Adelops) beetles of North America (Coleoptera; Leiodidae; Catopinae), with emphasis on cave-inhabiting species. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology (Harvard) 145: 29-162.
Peck S.B. (1982) New records of poorly known Ptomaphagus from Texas and the Ozarks (Coleoptera: Leiodidae: Cholevinae). Coleopterists Bulletin 36: 109-111.
Peck S.B. (1984) The distribution and evolution of cavernicolous Ptomapahgus beetles in the southeastern United States (Coleoptera: Leiodidae; Cholevinae) with new species and records. Canadian Journal of Zoology 62: 730-740.
Peck S.B. (1998) Cladistic biogeography of cavernicolous Ptomaphagus beetles (Leiodidae, Cholevinae: Ptomaphagini) in the United States. Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Torino (Italy) 1998: 235-260.
Peck S.B., Gnaspini P. (1997) Review of the myrmecophilous Ptomaphagus, subgenus Echinocoleus (new status), of North America (Coleoptera: Leiodidae; Cholevinae: Ptomaphagini). Canadian Entomologist 129: 93-104.