Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Superfamily Staphylinoidea - Rove, Carrion and Fungus Beetles


Dybas H.S. (2000) Featherwing beetles (Insecta: Coleoptera: Ptiliidae)
Family fact sheet authored by a leading expert

Newton A.F., Thayer M.K. Catalog of higher taxa of Staphyliniformia and genera and subgenera of Staphylinoidea [online]
[cite:377250]
Valuable source maintained by two leading experts working at the Field Museum of Natural History, who also help BG with staph identification

A revision of the species of Cafius from the west coast of North America with notes on the east coast species
This is a great resource for identifying North American Cafius to species. Written in 1980 by H. E. Orth and Ian Moore.

The keys are straightforward, the descriptions well-written and detailed, and there are figures at the end of the article...including large, good-quality, dorsal-view line drawings for each of the 13 species covered, and drawings of antennae for 5 species and aedeagi for all 13. While the emphasis is on the 10 species known (in 1980) from the west coast, it also includes a key to the five east coast species, with briefer discussions of them.

Cholevidae of the World
[cite:729643]

Key for the identification of British Leiodidae
A Google hosted site, Mike's insect keys. I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the keys but maybe one of the editors can vet it.

Hall W.E. (1997) Ptiliidae -- Featherwing beetles (in The Tree of Life Web Project)
[cite:648732]

NA Staphylinidae Subfamilies Key
"Lucid Key to Staphylinidae Subfamilies" Project

Atlas of rove beetles (Staphylinidae) of Russia and adjacent countries
[cite:385593]
never mind spelling/grammar, all in all it's a helpful source.