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Genus Cercyon

Cercyon mendax Water scavenger beetle - Cercyon praetextatus Cercyon nevadanus (Knisch) - Cercyon nevadanus Cercyon nigriceps (Marsham) - Cercyon nigriceps Unknown Beetle - Cercyon praetextatus Cercyon - Cercyon laminatus Cercyon littoralis Cercyon under beach wrack - Cercyon fimbriatus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Staphyliniformia)
Superfamily Hydrophiloidea
Family Hydrophilidae (Water Scavenger Beetles)
Subfamily Sphaeridiinae
Tribe Megasternini
Genus Cercyon
Explanation of Names
Cercyon Leach 1817
Cercyon: in Greek mythology, the son of Poseidon
Numbers
~40 spp. in our area, many introduced from the Palaearctic(1), >250 spp. worldwide(2)
Identification
keys in(3)
Habitat
Many spp. found in dung, carrion, compost, fungi, and leaf litter
Remarks
readily spread by commerce: 16 spp. have been introduced by humans out of their native range (mostly Palaearctic)(2); adults of many spp. come to lights
Print References
(4)
Works Cited
1.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.
2.Occurrence of introduced species of the genus Cercyon (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae) in the Neotropical Region
M. Fikáček. 2009. Rev. Soc. Entomol. Argent. 68: 351-357.
3.Revision of the subfamily Sphaeridiinae of America north of Mexico (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae)
Smetana A. 1978. Mem. Ent. Soc. Canada 105: 1–292.
4.A review of the Cercyon Leach (Coleoptera, Hydrophilidae, Sphaeridiinae) of the Greater Antilles
Emmanuel Arriaga-Varela, Matthias Seidel, Albert Deler-Hernández, Viktor Senderov, Martin Fikácek. 2017. ZooKeys 681: 39-93.