Phylum Arthropoda
Class Insecta
Order Coleoptera
Family Staphylinidae
Common Name Rove Beetle
Distinguishing Characteristics
  • Legs absent
  • Labrum not represented as separate sclerite
  • Thorax and abdomen cylindrical, flattened, or fusiform
  • Abdominal tergites without dorsal lobe, antennae with three segments or more
  • Abdomen with 10 segments
  • Mandibles falcate (sickle-shaped), without molar lobe various marginal habitats
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Merritt, R W., K W. Cummins, and M B. Berg. An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall/Hunt Company, 2008