Rove Beetles (family Staphylinidae) are one of the most diverse families of all organisms with currently over 60,000 described species, which probably represents only a small portion of their true diversity. Staphylinids are particularly diverse in temperate regions, and form one of the largest and most ecologically varied groups of insects here in the Northwest. This talk will discuss the morphology and systematic placement of Staphylinidae, the taxonomic diversity within the family including fossils, and the ecology and distribution of Staphylinids in the Pacific Northwest. The presentation will include photographs of specialized habitats, distribution maps and a sample of specimens of Washington Rove Beetles.
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