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Aleochara (Echochara)

Christian Maus and James S. Ashe (1947-2005)
Containing group: Aleochara


This poorly known subgenus includes four North American species.


The Echochara species are characterized by: the distinct microsculpture on the forebody; more or less narrowly elongate body shape; and mesosternum not carinate.

Identification Guides

The species of this subgenus can be identified with the key of KLIMASZEWSKI (1984).


Echochara species are associated with caves and with animal burrows (prairie dog, groundhog, fox) (KLIMASZEWSKI 1984, KLIMASZEWSKI & PECK 1986). Host species and development are not known.

Discussion of Phylogenetic Relationships

Phylogenetic relationships within this subgenus have not been investigated. Since no certain autapomorphies of Echochara are known, the monophyly of this heterogenous group is uncertain. It is not clear that the genitalic features that KLIMASZEWSKI 1984 states to be typical for this subgenus are unique autapomorphic features.


Klimaszewski, J. 1994. A revision of the genus Aleochara Gravenhorst of America north of Mexico (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae). Mem. Ent. Soc. Canada 129: 1-211

Klimaszewski, J. & S.B. Peck 1986. A review of the cavernicolous Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) of Eastern North America: Part I. Aleocharinae. Quaest. Ent. 22: 51-113

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Development of this page made possible by National Science Foundation PEET grant DEB 95-21755 to James S. Ashe and a DAAD grant D/97/05475 from the German Government to Christian Maus. All images on this page copyright © 1997 James S. Ashe.

Bayer CropScience AG, Institute for Ecotoxicology, Monheim, Germany

James S. Ashe (1947-2005)
University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA

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