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For the United States & Canada

Genus Cafius

Staph 70 - Cafius rove - Cafius lithocharinus Cafius luteipennis? - Cafius luteipennis Staphylinidae? - Cafius Staphylinidae? - Cafius Staphylinid - Cafius aguayoi Cafius luteipennis Cafius?  - Cafius seminitens
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 Staphylininae (Large Rove Beetles)
Tribe Staphylinini
Subtribe Philonthina
Genus Cafius
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
west coast spp. revised in(1)
Explanation of Names
Cafius Stephens 1829
13 spp. in our area, ~50 worldwide(2)
Key to spp. in(1) (separate keys for the west & the east coasts)
Seashores worldwide; in our area, 10 spp. on Pacific Coast (AK-CA) & 5 spp. on the Atlantic & Gulf coasts (NF-TX)
Wrack/debris on marine beaches(2)
Life Cycle
for information on life history and ecology of the 4 most common Pacific coast species, especially the immature phases, see James et a. (1971)
Print References
Dvořák R. (1957) A character useful in separating Cafius (sg. Bryonomus Csy) seminitens Horn and canescens Makl. (Coleopteran: Staphylinidae). Entomological News 68: 17-18 (Full text)
James G.J., Moore I., Legner E.F. (1971) The larval and pupal stages of four species of Cafius (Coleoptera: Stapyhlinidae) with notes on their biology and ecology. Trans. San Diego Soc. Nat. Hist. 16(12): 279-289 (Full text)
Works Cited
1.A revision of the species of Cafius from the west coast of North America with notes of the east coast species...
Orth R.E., Moore I. 1980. Trans. San Diego Soc. Nat. Hist. 19: 181-211.
2.American Beetles, Volume I: Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia
Arnett, R.H., Jr., and M. C. Thomas. (eds.). 2000. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.