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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: Steninae
Genera: AdamostenusDianous – †Eocenostenus – †FestenusStenus


Steninae MacLeay, 1825: 49

Type genus: Stenus Latreille, 1797


Senior homonym of Steninae Fraser & Purves, 1960, nomen nudum [Mammalia: Delphinidae: Steno].

Primary references

Macleay, W.S. 1825. Annulosa Javanica, or an attempt to illustrate the natural affinities and analogies of the insects collected in Java by Thomas Horsfield, M.D.F.L. & G.S. and deposited by him in the museum of the honourable East-India Company. No. 1 Kingsbury, Parbury & Allen. London. xii + 50. [original description: p. 49]

Additional references

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.
Serri, S. & Frisch, J. 2016. The Steninae MacLeay, 1825 (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) of Iran: identification key, checklist of species and a new synonymy. Zootaxa 4168(3): 453–480. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4168.3.2. Reference page.
Tang, L.; Li, L.-Z. 2013: Discovery of Steninae from Ningxia, northwest China (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae). ZooKeys 272: 1-20. DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.272.4389 Reference page.

Vernacular names
magyar: Szemesholyvaformák
norsk: Øyekortvinger

Steninae is a subfamily of Staphylinidae.[1]


Antennae interested on vertex between eyes.
Eyes very large.
Tarsi 5-5-5.


Habitat: damp areas near streams.
Collection method: hand collection, sweep net, sifting leaf litter near streams.
Biology: specialized predators of Collembola.

Two genera, Dianous (2 spp.) and Stenus (167 spp.) 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, Florida. ix + 443 p.

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