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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Species Lithocharis ochracea

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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 Paederinae
Tribe Lathrobiini
Subtribe Medonina
Genus Lithocharis
Species ochracea (Lithocharis ochracea)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
The correct name for this species is Lithocharis ochracea. The argument for tricolor was based on a mistake in the literature that has been clarified. --Adam Brunke 2021
Explanation of Names
Lithocharis ochracea (Gravenhorst 1802)
Range
cosmopolitan(1), adventive and widespread in NA (scattered records across the continent, mostly on the Atlantic & Pacific coasts)(2)
Habitat
in NA, synanthropic; fields, parks, in litter, rotten hay, compost(3)
Remarks
earliest record in our area: before 1905(3)
Works Cited
1.Coleoptera Poloniae
2.Checklist of beetles (Coleoptera) of Canada and Alaska. Second edition
Bousquet Y., Bouchard P., Davies A.E., Sikes D.S. 2013. ZooKeys 360: 1–402.
3.Introduced Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) in the Maritime Provinces of Canada
Majka C.G., Klimaszewski J. 2008. The Canadian Entomologist 140: 48-72.