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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

Subfamilia: Proteininae
Tribus (5 + 1†): AnepiiniAustrorhysiniNesoneiniProteininiSilphotelini – †Vetuproteinini

Genera overview: Alloproteinus – Anepius – Austrorhysus – Eupsorus – Megarthroides – Megarthrus – Metopsia – Nesoneus – Paranesoneus – Proteinus – Silphotelus – †Vetuproteinus

Proteininae Erichson, 1839: 641

Type genus: Proteinus Latreille, 1797.


Proteinini Erichson, 1839: 641 [original name]

Primary references

Erichson, W.F. 1839. Die Käfer der Mark Brandenburg. Erster Band. Zweite Abtheilung. [pp. 385–740]. F.H. Morin, Berlin, viii + 740 pp. BHL Reference page. [see p. 641]

Additional references

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 )
I.Löbl & A.Smetana (eds). 2004 Catalogue of Palearctic Coleoptera. Vol. 2: Hydrophiloidea-Staphylinoidea.
Apollo Books, Stenstrup, Denmark ISBN 87-88757-74-9, p. 268
Steel, W.O. 1966. A revision of the staphylinid subfamily Proteininae (Coleoptera) I. Transactions of the Royal Entomological Society of London 118(9): 285–311. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2311.1966.tb00839.x Reference page.

Proteininae Erichson 1839 are a subfamily of Staphylinidae.[1]


Broad bodied.
Small, under 3 mm.
Elytra long, covering first visible abdominal tergite.
Tarsi 5-5-5 in NA, 4-4-4 in some southern hemisphere taxa.


Habitat: found in fungi, under bark, in decaying vegetation, forest leaf litter.
Collection method: sift/Berlese leaf litter.
Biology: saprophages or mycophages.


Two genera and 22 species in North America.

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.

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