Staphyliniformia (Coleoptera) databases on new web site

Margaret K. Thayer mthayer at FIELDMUSEUM.ORG
Mon Oct 20 10:05:08 CDT 2003

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new web site constituting part
of the project
"Monography, phylogeny, and historical biogeography of austral
Staphylinidae (Coleoptera)"
based at the Field Museum with funding from the US National Science
Foundation (NSF), under its PEET (Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in
Taxonomy) program.

In addition to a variety of information about the project (monographic
research and training) and its progress, the site provides access to
searchable and downloadable taxonomic and bibliographic databases extracted
from our more extensive working databases and containing:

Family-group names of all Staphyliniformia
         (currently 974 names, for 454 valid taxa)
Genus-group names of all Staphylinoidea
         (currently 7216 names, for 4098 valid genera and subgenera)
Species-group names of austral Staphylinidae, Silphidae, Leiodidae, and
         (currently 7689 names, for 6877 valid species and subspecies)
References (currently 3332) supporting the above, nearly all of which have
         examined to verify the taxonomic information provided

The database records include original and present status and spelling,
complete citation of the original publication of each name, type taxa of
family-group and genus-group names, information on types and/or type
locality for many species, and often explanatory comments about the name's
past or present taxonomic status. The names are presented in the context of
a current classification; records for valid generic names include overall
distribution and estimated number of described species, and those for valid
species include overall distribution as well as number of specimens (if
any) in the Field Museum collection.  The family- and genus-group name
catalogs and associated references are also intended essentially as rough
drafts of a part of the "Official List of Available Family- and Genus-Group
Names in Coleoptera" currently in development under the direction of M.

We expect to update the databases once or twice per year, and planned
additions to the databases during the next few years include:
- genus-group names of all other Staphyliniformia (i.e., Hydrophilidae s.l.,
         Histeridae, Sphaeritidae, Synteliidae) and
- austral species of the remaining families of Staphylinoidea (Ptiliidae,
         Hydraenidae, Scydmaenidae).

The project home page is
where there is a direct link to the database section of the site.

Design and implementation of the website were supported and carried out by
the Applications and Enterprise Services section of Information Services at
the Field Museum of Natural History, and we thank them their terrific
collaboration in this complex project.

We hope that these databases, and the monographs to be added in the future,
will be useful resources for others.  Questions, comments, or corrections
concerning the databases should be directed to Al Newton, and other
questions about the site or the project to Margaret Thayer, at the
addresses below.

Margaret K. Thayer, Principal Investigator  <mthayer at>
Alfred F. Newton, co-Principal Investigator  <anewton at>

Margaret K. Thayer, Ph.D.               mthayer at
Assistant Curator, Zoology -- Insects
Field Museum of Natural History
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago IL 60605-2496, USA
PHONE: +1-312-665-7741 (direct-dial)
FAX: +1-312-665-7754
Austral Staphylinidae project, including Staphyliniformia databases:

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