Histeroidea is a superfamily of beetles in the infraorder Staphyliniformia.

Histeroidea
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Hister unicolor
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Infraorder: Staphyliniformia
Superfamily: Histeroidea
Gyllenhaal, 1808
Families

CharacteristicsEdit

Characteristic to Histeroidea are an accessory posterior ridge (locking device) behind the hind margin and presence of medial loop and apical hinge of wing. Elytra truncate, 1 or 2 abdominal segments visible, abdominal 8th segment completely invaginated in the 7th segment. Antennae have 8 (seldom 7) segments preceding a club of fused segments. Ventral body surface glabrous.[1]

SystematicsEdit

Some authors treat Histeroidea as a single family within the superfamily Hydrophiloidea (Hydrophiloidea sensu lato), as they seem to form a clade.[2] Three families are currently recognized:

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ M.Hansen. Phylogeny and classification of the staphyliniform beetle families (Coleoptera). Biologiske Skrifter, Copenhagen, 1997
  2. ^ R.G.Beutel, R.A.B.Leschen (2005) Phylogenetic analysis of Staphyliniformia (Coleoptera) based on characters of larvae and adults Systematic Entomology 30 (4), 510–548

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