Beetle genera with many species

Jason at Jason at
Sun Sep 25 21:07:44 CDT 2005

The latest ref. I have for Agrilus is c. 3,000 described species (Cobos,
1986). I don't know how much rearranging has gone on in the genus but I am
sure that the number of described species must have increased since then.



>From: "Margaret K. Thayer" <mthayer at FIELDMUSEUM.ORG>
>Reply-To: "Margaret K. Thayer" <mthayer at FIELDMUSEUM.ORG>
>Subject: Re: [TAXACOM] Beetle genera with many species
>Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2005 17:44:19 -0500
>(Cross-posted since this discussion seems to be taking separate paths
>Within the series (=infraorder) Staphyliniformia, there are two
>genera surpassing 2,000 currently recognized species: Euconnus
>(Scydmaenidae) with 2,461 and Stenus (Staphylinidae: Steninae) with
>2,108.  The top 25 genera in that series are listed below, each with
>over 400 species.  (In fact, these are all Staphylinoidea:  the
>largest genus of Hydrophiloidea is Berosus (Hydrophilidae) at 271
>spp., with Hister (Histeridae) not too far behind at 247.)  During
>2000-2004, an average of about 600 species of Staphylinidae alone
>were described per year, plus smaller numbers of the other (smaller)
>families.  (All these numbers are from Al Newton's world catalog
>database, parts of which are available on our Austral Staphylinidae
>web site - see sig. below.)
>Family Subfamily Genus # spp.
>Scydmaenidae Scydmaeninae Euconnus 2461
>Staphylinidae Steninae Stenus 2108
>Staphylinidae Aleocharinae Atheta 1817
>Staphylinidae Staphylininae Philonthus 1361
>Staphylinidae Aleocharinae Zyras 850
>Staphylinidae Staphylininae Quedius 829
>Leiodidae Leiodinae Agathidium 786
>Scydmaenidae Scydmaeninae Scydmaenus 742
>Staphylinidae Aleocharinae Gyrophaena 624
>Staphylinidae Scaphidiinae Scaphisoma 584
>Hydraenidae Hydraeninae Hydraena 574
>Staphylinidae Aleocharinae Oxypoda 529
>Staphylinidae Oxytelinae Bledius 499
>Staphylinidae Aleocharinae Aleochara 486
>Staphylinidae Paederinae Paederus 482
>Staphylinidae Tachyporinae Sepedophilus 477
>Staphylinidae Staphylininae Platydracus 462
>Staphylinidae Oxytelinae Carpelimus 459
>Staphylinidae Paederinae Astenus 444
>Staphylinidae Paederinae Lathrobium 427
>Staphylinidae Oxytelinae Anotylus 423
>Staphylinidae Paederinae Scopaeus 420
>Staphylinidae Aleocharinae Leptusa 418
>Hydraenidae Ochthebiinae Ochthebius 404
>Staphylinidae Aleocharinae Geostiba 402
>This depends on how many "thousands" of Agrilus (Buprestidae) there are ...
>>Isn't the beetle genus Agrilus still the largest genus in Kingdom
>>Metazoa, with thousands of species?
>>   ---Cheers,
>>         Ken Kinman
>>Onthophagus (Scarabaeidae) has something in excess of 2000 species,
>>as recently mentioned in Emlen et al. (2005), Evolution 59: 1060-1084.
>>Skype Rob Knell
>>At 07:33 AM 24-09-05 +0100, you wrote:
>>>><<mailto:ricardo at ANS.COM.AU>ricardo at ANS.COM.AU>
>>>>Could be interesting to compile list of  genera (of coleoptera) with the
>>>>longest list of species.
>>>>Zophosis (Tenebrionidae) 429 species (and 67 synonyms) in 32
>>>Margaret K. Thayer, Ph.D.               mthayer at
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