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Genus Platydracus

Large Rove Beetle - Platydracus purple rove beetle - Platydracus violaceus Platydracus maculosus Cinnamon? - Platydracus cinnamopterus rove beetle - Platydracus maculosus large rove beetle - Platydracus maculosus Staphylinidae - Platydracus cinnamopterus? - Large Rove Beetle - Platydracus cinnamopterus Platydracus? - Platydracus phoenicurus
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Staphyliniformia)
Superfamily Staphylinoidea
Family Staphylinidae (Rove Beetles)
Subfamily Staphylininae (Large Rove Beetles)
Tribe Staphylinini
Subtribe Staphylinina
Genus Platydracus
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
members of this genus used to be treated in Staphylinus(1)
Explanation of Names
Platydracus C.G. Thomson 1858
'flat dragon'
22 described spp. in our area (+ 1 or 2 unnamed), ~400 total(1)(2), arranged into 6 subgenera(3)
New World, Eurasia, Africa(3)
Not yet in the guide:
Platydracus temporalis (Casey 1915) [original description]
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.Staphylinidae of eastern Canada and the adjacent United States. Keys to subfamilies; Staphylininae: ...
Brunke A., Newton A., Klimaszewski J., Majka C.G., Marshall S. 2011. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification 12: 1-110.
3.Newton A.F., Thayer M.K. Catalog of higher taxa of Staphyliniformia and genera and subgenera of Staphylinoidea [online]