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Genus Nicrophorus - Sexton Beetles

Cryptic diversity in the New World burying beetle fauna: Nicrophorus hebes Kirby; new status as a resurrected name . . .
By Sikes, D.S., Trumo, S.T., Peck, S.B.
Arthropod Systematics and Phylogeny 74(3): 299-309, 2016
[suite title] . . .(Coleoptera: Silphidae: Nicrophorinae).

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Identification, distribution, and adult phenology of the carrion beetles (Coleoptera: Silphidae) of Texas.
By Mullins, P.L., E.G. Riley & J.D. Oswald.
Zootaxa 3666(2): 221–251., 2013
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Mullins, P.L., E.G. Riley & J.D. Oswald. 2013. Identification, distribution, and adult phenology of the carrion beetles (Coleoptera: Silphidae) of Texas. Zootaxa 3666(2): 221–251.

Abstract (part):

The carrion beetles (Coleoptera: Silphidae) of Texas are surveyed. Thirteen of the 14 species, and five of the six genera, of this ecologically and forensically important group of scavengers that have previously been reported from Texas are confirmed here based on a study of 3,732 adult specimens. The one reported, but unconfirmed, species, Oxelytrum discicolle, was probably based on erroneous label data and is excluded from the Texas fauna.

A catalog of the Nicrophorinae (Coleoptera: Silphidae) of the world
By Sikes, D.S., R.B. Madge, & A.F. Newton
Zootaxa 65: 1-304, 2002

A catalog of Coleoptera of America north of Mexico. Family: Silphidae
By Peck S.B., Miller S.E.
USDA Agriculture handbook no. 529-28. x + 24 pp., 1993

The Silphidae (Coleoptera) of the Maritime Provinces of Canada
By C.G. Majka
Journal of the Acadian Entomological Society 7: 83-101, 2011

The Carrion Beetles of North Dakota
By Guy A. Hanley and David L Cuthrell
Minot State University, 2008
Cyril Moore Science Center science monograph #4. Softcover guide includes species descriptions and identification keys for the entire North American silphid fauna. All species are imaged in full color. Available by contacting Guy Hanley at (701) 858-3076 or email

The carrion beetles of Canada and Alaska (Coleoptera: Silphidae and Agyrtidae)
By Anderson, R.S. and S.B. Peck
Agriculture Canada, 1985

The Carrion Beetles (Coleoptera: Silphidae) of Nebraska
By Brett Ratcliffe
University of Nebraska State Museum, 1996
Bulletin of the University of Nebraska State Museum 13: 1-100.

Still available as of 7/2/04. See the Web Page for details and how to order. (Scarab Beetles of Nebraska, an earlier one in this series, is out of stock as of 7/2/04.)