Histeroidea is a superfamily of beetles in the infraorder Staphyliniformia.

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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


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]


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:


  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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