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Family Anisolabididae

Earwig - Euborellia annulipes - female Male Ring-legged? - Euborellia annulipes - male Anisolabis maritima? - Anisolabis maritima - female Anisolabis maritima termite inquiline - Euborellia annulipes Euborellia annulipes Earwig - Euborellia Earwig - Euborellia
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Dermaptera (Earwigs)
Family Anisolabididae
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
=Carcinophoridae (e.g., in(1)(2))
Explanation of Names
Anisolabididae Verhoeff 1902
8 spp. in 3 genera in our area, all in the nominate subfamily: Euborellia (6 spp.), Anisolabis & Gonolabis (1 sp. each)(2); ~400 spp. in 36 genera worldwide, arranged into 10 subfamilies(3)
Chelisocidae and Forficulidae have the middle of the three segments on the "feet" extending under the last segment (the "toes"), with Chelisocidae also having a dense brush of hairs underneath and the Forficulidae having the middle segment also wider than the last.
In males, the right pincer is noticeably more bent inward more than the left one:

The name Anisolabis refers to this trait.
The two most common NA members of the family are wingless, but the African Earwig may be fully winged.
One sp. widespread on sea coasts, one widespread across e. US and from BC to CA & AZ; 4 restricted to FL, and 2 to the southwest (AZ & CA)(4)(2)