+1 Recommend
2 collections
      • Record: found
      • Abstract: found
      • Article: found
      Is Open Access

      New teratological examples in Neotropical Staphylinidae (Insecta: Coleoptera), with a compilation of previous teratological records Translated title: Nuevos ejemplos teratológicos en Staphylinidae neotropicales (Insecta: Coleoptera), con una compilación de registros teratológicos previos


      Read this article at

          There is no author summary for this article yet. Authors can add summaries to their articles on ScienceOpen to make them more accessible to a non-specialist audience.


          Teratology is the study of malformations that affect various organisms and may cause taxonomic confusion. The goal of this work is to compile the previously published information about malformations in species of Staphylinidae, to describe 10 teratological cases that have not been previously recorded in neotropical species of this family, and to point out the high frequency of these malformations in the studied specimens. The previously recorded cases were obtained from review of 13 papers, and the studied specimens were obtained on loan from several collections. In total, 43 teratological cases were compiled for Staphylinidae, belonging to 39 species from 8 subfamilies. Ten teratological cases are described for specimens from Belonuchus, Agrodes and Plochionocerus. One of them occurs in B. apiciventris, 2 in A. elegans, 3 in P. humeralis, 3 in P. fulgens and 1 in P. splendens. Most of the anomalies affect the antennae (7 cases), but teratologies that affect mandibles (1 case), midlegs (1 case) and pronotum (1 case) are also presented.

          Translated abstract

          Teratología es el estudio de las malformaciones que afectan a distintos organismos y que pueden causar confusiones taxonómicas. El objetivo del presente estudio es recopilar la información previamente publicada sobre teratologías en especies de Staphylinidae, dar a conocer 10 casos de anomalías presentes en especies neotropicales de esta familia que no han sido reportadas con anterioridad, así como resaltar la alta frecuencia de estas deformaciones en los organismos estudiados. Los casos previamente reportados se obtuvieron de la revisión de 13 trabajos, mientras que los ejemplares estudiados proceden del préstamo de organismos de distintas colecciones. Se recopiló un total de 43 casos teratológicos para Staphylinidae, pertenecientes a 39 especies de ocho subfamilias. Se describen 10 casos teratológicos en ejemplares de Agrodes, Plochionocerus y Belonuchus, 2 de ellos se presentaron en A. elegans, 1 en B. apiciventris, 3 en P. humeralis, 3 en P. fulgens y 1 en P. splendens. La mayoría de las anomalías afectan las antenas (7 casos), pero también se presentan teratologías que afectan las mandíbulas (1 caso), mesopatas (1 caso) y pronoto (1 caso).

          Related collections

          Most cited references14

          • Record: found
          • Abstract: not found
          • Article: not found

          Catalog of the Staphylinidae (Insecta: Coleoptera). 1758 to the End of the Second Millennium.I. Introduction, History, Biographical Sketches, and Omaliine Group

            • Record: found
            • Abstract: found
            • Article: found
            Is Open Access

            Ecological patterns in necrophilous Staphylinidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) from Tlayacapan, Morelos, México

            Necrophilous Staphylinidae were studied using carrion traps model NTP-80 at five sites in Tlayacapan, Morelos state, México. A total of 5,192 specimens belonging to 76 species were collected. Three sites, 1 (pine-oak forest), 3 (cloud forest), and 4 (tropical deciduous forest) had little temperature variation, high humidity and relatively undisturbed conditions; in contrast, sites 2 (pine forest) and 5 (cultivated area and tropical deciduous forest mixture) had greater temperature variation, lower humidity and more disturbance. Highest species richness and abundance were recorded in sites 1, 3 and 4, possibly because of more abundant food resources, microhabitats and stable favorable abiotic conditions. Maximum species richness and abundance occurred during the rainy season except at site 4, which had dry season peaks; many staphylinids are concentrated in the most humid part of this site, seeking resources available only there during the dry season. The faunas of sites 3 and 4 were most similar, that of site 2 least similar to the others. The richer faunas of sites 1, 3, and 4 suggest that most necrophilous staphylinids prefer less disturbed and moister sites. Dry season moisture levels may be an important factor limiting the distribution and/or activity of some species.
              • Record: found
              • Abstract: not found
              • Book: not found

              Guía ilustrada para los géneros de Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) de México


                Author and article information

                Revista mexicana de biodiversidad
                Rev. Mex. Biodiv.
                Instituto de Biología (México, DF, Mexico )
                April 2009
                : 80
                : 1
                : 129-139
                [01] Pachuca Hidalgo orgnameUniversidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo (UAEH) orgdiv1Laboratorio de Sistemática Animal México
                S1870-34532009000100015 S1870-3453(09)08000100015

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

                : 21 May 2008
                : 09 November 2007
                Page count
                Figures: 0, Tables: 0, Equations: 0, References: 15, Pages: 11

                SciELO Mexico


                Belonuchus,Plochionocerus,Agrodes,staphylinids,taxonomical confusions,anomalies,estafilínidos,confusiones taxonómicas,anomalías


                Comment on this article