Key to North American Staphylinidae Subfamilies
The rove beetles (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) are the largest beetle family with over 52,000 species worldwide. The family is divided into 32 subfamilies, 26 of which are found in the new world.
Newton et al. (2001) is by far the best resource on staphylinids for North America, although much is left to be done. Two continually updated and refined (perhaps even by you, dear reader) online resources are Bugguide.net and wikipedia.org.
Often the first step is the hardest. Assuming what you're trying to identify actually is a rove beetle (Staphylinidae: BugGuide, Wikipedia), the next step is to figure out what subfamily it belongs to.
The purpose of this key is to facilitate identification of adult North American staphylinids to subfamily. The key is largely based on Moore and Legner (1979), Newton et al. (2001), and O’Keefe (2001).
Funding for this research was made possible by donations from backers to the project "Lucid Key to Staphylinidae Subfamilies" posted at Experiment.com <https://experiment.com/projects/staphsubfamilies>.
Moore, I., and E. F. Legner. 1979. An illustrated guide to the genera of the Staphylinidae of America north of Mexico, exclusive of the Aleocharinae (Coleoptera). University of California division of Agricultural Sciences Priced Publication, 4093: 1–332.
Newton, A. F., Jr., M. K. Thayer, J. S. Ashe, and D. S. Chandler. 2001 . 22. Staphylinidae Latreille, 1802. p. 272–418. In: R. H. Arnett, Jr., and M. C. Thomas (eds.). American beetles, Volume 1. CRC Press; Boca Raton, FL. ix + 443 p.
O’Keefe, S. T. 2001 . 20. Scydmaenidae Leach, 1815. p. 259–267. In: R. H. Arnett, Jr., and M. C. Thomas (eds.). American beetles, Volume 1. CRC Press; Boca Raton, FL. ix + 443 p.
Ferro, M. L., M. K. Thayer, A. F. Newton, Jr., and J-S. Park. 2015. Key to North American Staphylinidae subfamilies. Available from: http://keys.lucidcentral.org/keys/v3/nastaphylinidae (Accessed Day, Month, Year).
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