Forficulidae is a family of earwigs in the order Dermaptera. There are more than 70 genera and 490 described species in Forficulidae.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

Temporal range: Eocene–Recent
Forficula auricularia.jpg
Forficula auricularia
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Dermaptera
Suborder: Neodermaptera
Infraorder: Epidermaptera
Superfamily: Forficuloidea
Family: Forficulidae
Latreille, 1810

Species in this family include Forficula auricularia (the European earwig or common earwig) and Apterygida media (the short-winged earwig or hop-garden earwig).

Forficulidae was formerly considered a suborder of Dermaptera, Forficulina, but was reduced in rank to family and placed in suborder Neodermaptera.[4][6]

Timomenus komarovi


These 71 genera belong to the family Forficulidae:


  1. ^ "Forficulidae Report". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  2. ^ "Forficulidae". GBIF. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  3. ^ a b Engel, Michael S. (2003). "The earwigs of Kansas, with a key to genera north of Mexico (Insecta: Dermaptera)". Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science. 106 (3): 115–123. doi:10.1660/0022-8443(2003)106[0115:TEOKWA]2.0.CO;2. JSTOR 3628391.
  4. ^ Lesley, S.D. (2018). "family Forficulidae Stephens, 1829". Dermaptera species file online, Version 5.0. Retrieved 2019-05-02.
  5. ^ a b Engel, Michael S.; Haas, Fabian (2007). "Family-Group Names for Earwigs (Dermaptera)". American Museum Novitates. American Museum of Natural History (3567): 1. doi:10.1206/0003-0082(2007)539[1:FNFED]2.0.CO;2. hdl:2246/5858.

Further readingEdit

  • Giles, E. T. (1963). "The comparative external morphology and affinities of the Dermaptera". Transactions of the Royal Entomological Society of London. 115 (4): 95–164. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2311.1963.tb00816.x.
  • Jarvis, Karl J.; Haas, Fabian; Whiting, Michael F. (2005). "Phylogeny of earwigs (Insecta: Dermaptera) based on molecular and morphological evidence: reconsidering the classification of Dermaptera". Systematic Entomology. 30 (3): 442–453. doi:10.1111/j.1365-3113.2004.00276.x. ISSN 0307-6970. S2CID 85718043.

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