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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: Oxyporinae
Genera (2 + 2†): †CretoxyporusOxyporus – †ProtoxyporusPseudoxyporus

Oxyporinae Fleming, 1821: 49

Oxyporidae Fleming, 1821: 49 [original name]

Primary references

Fleming, J. 1821. Insecta. Supplement to the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Editions of the Encyclopaedia Britannica Volume Fifth [Part 1]. 584 pp. A. Constable and Company, Edinburgh, 41–56, pl. 85. Archive Reference page. [original description: p. 49]

Additional references

Cai, C-Y. & Huang, D-Y. 2014. Diverse oxyporine rove beetles from the Early Cretaceous of China (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Systematic entomology 39(3): 500–505. DOI: 10.1111/syen.12069 Reference page.
Herman, L.H. 2001: Catalog of the Staphylinidae (Insecta, Coleoptera): 1758 to the end of the second millennium. IV. Staphylinine group (part 1) Euaesthetinae, Leptotyphlinae, Megalopsidiinae, Oxyporinae, Pseudopsinae, Solieriinae, Steninae. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, ( 265 ): 1807–1220.
Yue, Y.; Ren, D.; Solodovnikov, A. (forthcoming articles, 2011): The oldest fossil species of the rove beetle subfamily Oxyporinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) from the Early Cretaceous (Yixian Formation, China) and its phylogenetic significance. Journal of systematic palaeontology, DOI: 10.1080/14772019.2010.493049


Subfamily Oxyporinae - atlas of rove beetles (Staphylinidae) of Russia and adjacent countries

Vernacular names
English: Cross-toothed Rove Beetles
magyar: Gombaholyvaformák
norsk: Praktkortvinger
svenska: Brokkortvingar

The Oxyporinae are a subfamily of the Staphylinidae discovered in 1839 by Erichson.[1] One genus, Oxyporus Fabricius, with 132 species, is found worldwide.[2]


All Oxyporinae have prominent mandibles. Their apical labial palpomeres are very large and strongly securiform. Their tarsi, like most Staphylinidae, are 5-5-5.

Oxyporus mexicanus

Oxyporus mexicanus

Oxyporus femoralis


Most Oxyporinae are fungivores. Their whole lifecycle involves fungi, as females construct egg-laying chambers in fungi and reproduce in them. Thus, most scientists inspect mushrooms and fleshy fungi to find these creatures.

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.

Li, Guo-Feng (29 May 2020). "Staphylinidae: Oxyporinae) in Yunnan Province, China". Zootaxa. Magnolia Press. 4786 (1): 145–150. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4786.1.12.

External links

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