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Species Philonthus politus

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
No Taxon (Series Staphyliniformia)
Superfamily Staphylinoidea
Family Staphylinidae (Rove Beetles)
Subfamily Staphylininae (Large Rove Beetles)
Tribe Staphylinini
Subtribe Philonthina
Genus Philonthus
Species politus (Philonthus politus)
Explanation of Names
Philonthus politus (Linnaeus 1758)
adult habitus(1); strong sexual dimorphism in width of head (well transverse in males)

Acrocostal suture (the fine line bordering the anteriour margin of terga) on first visible segments
of abdomen sharply angular in middle - this discriminates against most other species. Seen here:
native to, and widespread across, the Palaearctic, adventive and widespread in NA (transcontinental); introduced long ago (ca. 1670)(2) and sometimes considered holarctic
Works Cited
1.Borowiec L. (2007-) Iconographia Coleopterorum Poloniae
2.Introduced Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) in the Maritime Provinces of Canada
Majka C.G., Klimaszewski J. 2008. The Canadian Entomologist 140: 48-72.