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Genus Cercyon

Cercyon mendax Unknown  - Cercyon limbatus Tiny beetle - Cercyon praetextatus Hydrophilid - Cercyon connivens Hydrophilidae - Cercyon mendax Unknown Beetle - Cercyon Unknown Beetle - Cercyon Cercyon
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 Hydrophiloidea (Water Scavenger and Clown Beetles)
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 man 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.