Staphylinidae (rove beetles) (Part 5)
The Staphylinidae (part 5) RES Handbook is the first volume of identification keys to the British Staphylinidae. In detail, it covers the Subfamilies Scaphidiinae, Piestinae and Oxytelinae. Overall these subfamilies form the Oxyteline Group.
Rove beetles (family Staphylinidae) are the largest single family anywhere in the animal kingdom. Altogether in Britain and Ireland there are over 1000 species. In general, staphylinids possess a long and slender body, with short elytra and exposed abdomen. They occur in a wide range of habitats. Many species develop in decaying plant and animal matter, including dung. So in domestic gardens, compost heaps and leaf litter are particularly rich in rove beetles.
Handbooks for the Identification of British Insects is a series of books produced by the Royal Entomological Society (RES). Each Handbook provides illustrated identification keys to the insects of Britain, together with concise morphological, biological and distributional information. Accordingly all books contain line drawings, and the most recent volumes feature colour photographs. The RES Handbooks are suitable for experienced users. The series also includes several Check Lists of British Insects. Field Studies Council has published RES Handbooks for many years. Many out-of-print Handbooks are now available for free download from the RES.
RES handbook vol 12 part 5