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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Cladus: Metapterygota
Infraclassis: Neoptera
Cladus: Eumetabola
Cladus: Endopterygota
Superordo: Coleopterida
Ordo: Coleoptera
Subordo: Polyphaga
Infraordo: Staphyliniformia
Superfamilia: Staphylinoidea

Familia: Staphylinidae
Subfamilia: Micropeplinae
Genera (6 + 1†): ArrhenopeplusCerapeplus – Kalissus – Micropeplus – Peplomicrus – †Protopeplus – Pseudokalissus

Micropeplinae Leach, 1815: 90

Type genus: Micropeplus Latreille, 1809.


Micropeplida Leach, 1815: 90 [original name]
Micropeplida Heer, 1839: 169 [family-group name proposed as new without reference to Micropeplida Leach, 1815]

Primary references

Leach, W.E. 1815. Entomology [pp. 57–172]. In: Brewster, D. (Ed). Brewster’s Edinburgh Encyclopedia. Volume IX [part I]. W. Blackwood, J. Waugh, etc., Edinburgh, 764 pp. BHL Reference page. [original description: p. 90]

Additional references

Cai, C-Y. & Huang, D-Y. 2014. The oldest micropepline beetle from Cretaceous Burmese amber and its phylogenetic implications (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Naturwissenschaften 101(10): 813–817. DOI: 10.1007/s00114-014-1221-z Reference page.
Campbell, J.M. 1968: A revision of the New World Micropeplinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) with a rearrangement of the world species. Canadian entomologist, 100: 225–267. DOI: 10.4039/Ent100225-3
Campbell, J.M. 1973: New species and records of New World Micropeplinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Canadian entomologist, 105: 569–576. DOI: 10.4039/Ent105569-4
Campbell, J.M. 1978: New species and records of New World Micropeplidae (Coleoptera). II. Canadian entomologist, 110: 1247–1258. DOI: 10.4039/Ent1101247-12
Grebennikov, V.V. & Smetana, A. 2015. DNA barcoding and regional diversity of understudied Micropeplinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) in Southwest China: phylogenetic implications and a new Micropeplus from Mount Emei. Zootaxa 3919(3): 583–599. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3919.3.8. Reference page.
Herman, L.H. 2001: Catalog of the Staphylinidae (Insecta, Coleoptera): 1758 to the end of the second millennium. I. Introduction, history, biographical sketches, and omaliine group. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, (265): 1–650.
Löbl, I.; Burckhardt, D. 1988: Cerapeplus gen.n. and the classification of micropeplids (Coleoptera: Micropeplidae). Systematic entomology, 13: 57–66. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-3113.1988.tb00229.x
I.Löbl & A.Smetana (eds). 2004 Catalogue of Palearctic Coleoptera. Vol. 2: Hydrophiloidea-Staphylinoidea.
Apollo Books, Stenstrup, Denmark ISBN 87-88757-74-9, p. 271

The Micropeplinae are a subfamily of the Staphylinidae, rove beetles.[1] Their antennae have 9 segments with single-segmented clubs. The tarsal formula is 4-4-4 (appearing as 3-3-3). They are found in leaf litter, near lake shores and marshy areas, in mammal and bird nests, probably as saprophages or mold feeders. In North America, two genera are known Kalissus LeConte 1874 (British Columbia and Washington) and Micropeplus Latreille, with 14 widespread species.


These genera belong to the subfamily Micropeplinae:

Arrhenopeplus Koch, 1937 g
Cerapeplus Löbl & Burckhardt, 1988 c g
Kalissus Leconte, 1874 g b
Micropeplus Latreille, 1809 c g b
Peplomicrus Bernhauer, 1928 c g
†Protopeplus Cai and Huang 2014 Burmese amber, Myanmar, Cenomanian

Data sources: i = ITIS,[2] c = Catalogue of Life,[3] g = GBIF,[4] b =[5]

Newton, A. F., Jr., M. K. Thayer, J. S. Ashe, and D. S. Chandler. 2001. 22. Staphylinidae Latreille, 1802. p. 272–418. In: R. H. Arnett, Jr., and M. C. Thomas (eds.). American beetles, Volume 1. CRC Press; Boca Raton, FL. ix + 443 p.
"Micropeplinae Report". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
"Catalogue of Life". Retrieved 2018-05-16.
"GBIF". Retrieved 2018-05-16.
"Micropeplinae Subfamily Information". Retrieved 2018-05-16.

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