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Species Ocypus nitens

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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 Staphylininae (Large Rove Beetles)
Tribe Staphylinini
Subtribe Staphylinina
Genus Ocypus
Species nitens (Ocypus nitens)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
O. similis, O.nero
Explanation of Names
Ocypus (Matidus) nitens (Schrank 1781)
16-20 mm
Very similar to Tasgius melanarius.
Relevant details separating on the generic level are in the mouthparts, rarely visible on life images. The wings are visibly shorter than the pronotum in O. nitens, and pronotal punctures dense, but not confluent. Anterior tibiae with spines besides hairs in the apical portion.
Native to w. Palaearctic; adventive in NA and mostly limited to the coastal ne. US (ME-NY)(1)
common in forested and open habitat in MA-NH; pronouncedly synanthropic, often wanders into dwellings(1)
year around
earliest NA record: MA 1944(1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.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.