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Temporal range: Lutetian–Recent
Ontholestes cingulatus .jpg
Ontholestes cingulatus.[1][2]
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Staphylinidae
Subfamily: Staphylininae
Latreille, 1802
6 tribes

Staphylinae (lapsus)

Platydracus cinnamopterus in SW Pennsylvania

Staphylininae are a subfamily of rove beetles (family Staphylinidae). They contain the typical rove beetles with their long but fairly robust blunt-headed and -tipped bodies and short elytra, as well as some more unusually-shaped lineages.


As it seems, the Staphylininae are part of a large clade together with the subfamilies Euaesthetinae, Leptotyphlinae, Megalopsidiinae, Oxyporinae, Paederinae, Pseudopsinae, Scydmaeninae, Solieriinae, Steninae, and the extinct Protactinae which are only known from fossils.

The numerous Staphylininae genera are divided into six tribes. Some notable genera and species are also listed:


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