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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: Silphidae
Subfamilia: Silphinae
Genus: Oxelytrum
Species (9): O. anticola – O. apicale – O. biguttatum – O. cayennense – O. discicolle – O. emarginatum – O. erythrurum – O. lineatocolle – O. selknan

Oxelytrum Gistl, 1848

Silphidae - Oxelytrum cayennense

Oxelytrum cayennense from Venezuela. Mounted specimen on display at Museo Civico di Storia Naturale di Genova


Oliva, A. 2004: Description of the larva of Oxelytrum erythrurum (Blanchard, 1849) (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Bulletin de la Societe Royale Belge d'Entomologie, 140: 141–144.
Oliva, A. 2012: A new species of Oxelytrum Gistel (Coleoptera, Silphidae) from southern Argentina, with a key to the species of the genus. ZooKeys 203: 1–14. DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.203.2837 Open access. Reference page.
Peck, S.B.; Anderson, R.S. 1985: Taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of the carrion beetles of Latin America (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Quaestiones entomologicae, 21: 247–317. PDF
Velásquez, Y.; Viloria, A.L. 2010: Instar determination of the Neotropical beetle Oxelytrum discicolle (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Journal of medical entomology, 47 (5): 723–726. DOI: 10.1603/ME09058

Oxelytrum is a genus of burying beetles or carrion beetles belonging to the family Silphidae.

Species in this genus have three ridges on each elytron, without hairs on the pronotal disk. They are usually black with reddish markings and have 3-segmented antennal clubs. Most species are nocturnal and are mainly confined to South America.[1][2]

Oxelytrum anticola (Guerin-Meneville)
Oxelytrum apicale (Brullé)
Oxelytrum biguttatum (Philippi, 1850)
Oxelytrum cayennense (Stürm, 1826)
Oxelytrum discicolle (Brullé, 1836)
Oxelytrum emarginatum (Portevin)
Oxelytrum erythrurum (Blanchard, 1849)
Oxelytrum lineatocolle (Laporte)
Oxelytrum selknan Oliva, 2012


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Steward B. Peck, Robert S. Anderson Taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of the carrion beetles of Latin America Archived 2014-12-31 at the Wayback Machine Questiones Entomologicaes 21.247-317 1985
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