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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
Subfamiliae (2): Nicrophorinae - Silphinae

Overview of genera (19)

Ablattaria – Aclypea – Dendroxena – Diamesus – Eonecrophorus – Heterosilpha – Necrodes – Necrophila – Nicrophorus – Oiceoptoma – Oxelytrum – Phosphuga – Ptomaphila – Ptomascopus – Silpha – Thanatophilus – †Palaeosilpha – ?†Allopliosilpha – ?†Pliosilpha

Silphidae Latreille, 1807

Necrophoridae Kirby, 1837

Primary references

Latreille, P.A. 1807. Genera crustaceorum et insectorum secundem ordinem naturalem in familias disposita, iconibus exemplisque plurimus explicata. Tomus tertius. Parisiis et Argentorati: A. Koenig, 258 pp. BHL Reference page.

Additional references

Cai, C.-Y. et al. 2014: Early origin of parental care in Mesozoic carrion beetles. PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1412280111 Reference page.
Çiftçi, D., Růžička, J., Hasbenlı, A. & Şahin, U. 2018. The large carrion beetles (Coleoptera: Silphidae) of Turkey: a review with a new species record. Zootaxa 4441(3): 555–591. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4441.3.10 Paywall Reference page.
Dobler, S.; Müller, J.K. 2000: Resolving Phylogeny at the Family Level by Mitochondrial Cytochrome Oxidase Sequences: Phylogeny of Carrion Beetles (Coleoptera, Silphidae). Molecular phylogenetics and evolution, 15: 390–402. DOI: 10.1006/mpev.1999.0765 PDF
Madge, R.B. 1980: A catalogue of type-species in the family Silphidae (Coleoptera). Entomologica scandinavica, 11(3): 353–362. DOI: 10.1163/187631280794824640
Mullins, P.L.; Riley, E.G.; Oswald, J.D. 2013: Identification, distribution, and adult phenology of the carrion beetles (Coleoptera: Silphidae) of Texas. Zootaxa 3666(2): 221–251. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3666.2.7 Reference page.
Peck, S.B. 2001: Review of the carrion beetles of Australia and New Guinea (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Australian journal of entomology, 40: 93–101. DOI: 10.1046/j.1440-6055.2001.00216.x
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
Sikes, D.S.; Madge, R.B.; Newton, A.F. 2002: A catalog of the Nicrophorinae (Coleoptera: Silphidae) of the world. Zootaxa, 65: 1–304. Abstract & excerpt PDF
Sikes, D.S.; Madge, R.B.; Trumbo, S.T. 2006: Revision of Nicrophorus in part: new species and inferred phylogeny of the nepalensis-group based on evidence from morphology and mitochondrial DNA (Coleoptera: Silphidae: Nicrophorinae). Invertebrate systematics, 20: 305–365. DOI: 10.1071/IS05020
Catalogue of Palearctic Coleoptera. Vol. 2 ed. I. Lobl, & A. Smetana, Apollo Books, Stenstrup, Denmark, 2004
ISBN 87-88757-74-9, p.229


Australian Faunal Directory
Atlas of family Silphidae of Russia

Vernacular names
беларуская: Мерцвяеды
čeština: Mrchožrouti
Deutsch: Aaskäfer
English: carrion beetles
suomi: Raatokuoriaiset
français: Silphe
magyar: Dögbogarak
日本語: シデムシ
lietuvių: Maitvabaliai
norsk: Åtselbiller
polski: Omarlicowate
русский: Мертвоеды
Türkçe: Leş böceğigiller
中文: 埋葬甲科

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