Dorcus is a genus of beetles in the family Lucanidae (stag beetles). Of the 30-odd species, most occur in Asia and India; two are found in southern Europe, and two species are from North America.[1] Previously, specimens with serriform teeth on the mandibles and sable pigment were called Serrognathus whereas specimens with but a singular or multiple bulky notches on the mandibles and lustrous sable pigmentation were called Dorcus. Serrognathus was recently reclassified and merged into the genus Dorcus.[2]

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Dorcus parallelipipedus
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Lucanidae
Subfamily: Lucaninae
Tribe: Lucanini
Genus: Dorcus
MacLeay 1819

Some 30, see text

Selected speciesEdit


  1. ^ Brett C. Ratcliffe (2002). "Lucanidae". In Ross H. Arnett, Jr. & Michael C. Thomas (ed.). American Beetles. CRC Press. p. 8.
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  3. ^ S. I. Kim & J. I. Kim (2010). "Review of family Lucanidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) in Korea with the description of one new species". Entomological Research. 40 (1): 55–81.

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