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Subfamily Aleocharinae

Ecitonidia wheeleri Rove Beetle - Aleochara Small, Orange, and Common - Apalonia seticornis Unknown Rove beetle Staphylinid - Aleochara lata Staphylinid Euvira Staphylinid
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 Staphylinoidea (Rove, Carrion and Fungus Beetles)
Family Staphylinidae (Rove Beetles)
Subfamily Aleocharinae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
see(1)(2)(3) for major taxonomic changes not reflected in(4)
Numbers
the largest and the most difficult staphylinid lineage, with >12,000 described spp. in 52 tribes and over 1,000 genera worldwide, but the true global diversity is much greater; in our area, ca. 1,400 described spp. in >180 genera arranged in 21 tribes(4)
Size
<1-10 mm, mostly 3-5 mm(4)
Identification
tarsal formula is critical to identification of genera; 70-100X or higher magnification is recommended(4)
due to the lack of comprehensive keys, in most cases even a staphylinid specialist is unable to identify the vast majority of aleocharines from most geographic regions even to genus, much less to species
identification guide covering nearly all of the species found in eastern Canada(5)
Range
throughout the world
Habitat
virtually all terrestrial habitats
Internet References
Taxon profile (Ashe 2007)
Works Cited
1.Revision of some types of North American aleocharines (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae), with synonymic notes
Gusarov V.I. 2003. Zootaxa 353: 1–134.
2.Molecular phylogeny of the beetle tribe Oxypodini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae)
Osswald J., Bachmann L., Gusarov V.I. 2013. Systematic Entomology DOI: 10.1111/syen.12011.
3.Phylogeny of the tribe Athetini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) inferred from mitochondrial and nuclear sequence data
Elven H., Bachmann L., Gusarov V.I. 2010. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 57: 84–100.
4.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.
5.Aleocharine rove beetles of eastern Canada (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae): A glimpse of megadiversity
Klimaszewski, J; R.P. Webster; D.W. Langor; A. Brunke; A. Davies; C. Bourdon; M. Labrecque; A.F. Newton; J. Dorval; J.H. Frank. 2018. Springer.