Rove beetle

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The rove beetles are a family of beetles. The scientific name is Staphylinidae. It is the largest family of beetles. It has over 63,000 species. Some of these species are very old; fossils of rove beetles have been dated to the Triassic, 200 million years ago.[1]

They are mainly recognised by their short elytra (wing covers) that usually cover only half of their abdomens.

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  1. Chatzimanolis, Stylianos; Grimaldi, David A.; Engel, Michael S.; Fraser, Nicholas C. (2012). "Leehermania prorova, the Earliest Staphyliniform Beetle, from the Late Triassic of Virginia (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae)". American Museum Novitates 3761 (3761): 1–28. doi:10.1206/3761.2. 

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