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Biology of Rove Beetles (Staphylinidae)

Life History, Evolution, Ecology and Distribution

  • Oliver Betz
  • Ulrich Irmler
  • Jan Klimaszewski

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Ulrich Irmler, Jan Klimaszewski, Oliver Betz
    Pages 1-4
  3. Phylogeny, Systematics and Zoogeography

  4. Ecology, Conservation and Biotic Interactions

  5. Biology, Reproduction and Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Oliver Betz, Lars Koerner, Konrad Dettner
      Pages 229-283
    3. Paweł Jałoszyński
      Pages 285-298
    4. Paweł Jałoszyński
      Pages 321-333
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 335-351

About this book


Rove beetles (Staphylinidae) are common elements of the soil biota, living in the litter and deeper soil layers. Although they are one of the most diverse and speciose groups of insects, no comprehensive books on their general evolution and ecology are as yet available. This book fills that gap, discussing significant aspects and active research examples in the fields of phylogeny and systematics, ecology and conservation, and reproduction and development. The combination of review chapters and case studies provides an excellent introduction to the biology of rove beetles and enables readers to become familiar with active research fields in this megadiverse group of beetles. Offering easy access to these fields, it also demonstrates how staphylinids are used as bioindicators in applied ecosystem research, including that concerning conservation issues. Experienced scientists and beginners alike find the diversity of subjects covered intriguing and inspiring for continuing and starting their own research. The book is intended for students and researchers in biology and zoology (entomology), including morphologists, ecologists, soil scientists, evolutionary biologists, paleontologists, biogeographers, taxonomists and systematists.


Behavior Biodiversity Chemical Ecology Conservation Entomology Taxonomy

Editors and affiliations

  • Oliver Betz
    • 1
  • Ulrich Irmler
    • 2
  • Jan Klimaszewski
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut für Evolution und Ökologie, Abteilung für Evolutionsbiologie der InvertebratenUniversität TübingenTübingenGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Ökosystemforschung, Abteilung für Angewandte ÖkologieUniversität KielKielGermany
  3. 3.Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest ServiceLaurentian Forestry CentreQuébecCanada

About the editors

Oliver Betz

Universität Tübingen, Institut für Evolution und Ökologie, Abteilung für Evolutionsbiologie der Invertebraten, Auf der Morgenstelle 28E, 72076 Tübingen, Germany, email:, phone: +49 (0)7071 2972995

Ulrich Irmler

Universität Kiel, Institut für Ökosystemforschung, Abteilung für Angewandte Ökologie, Olshausenstrasse 40, 24098 Kiel, Germany, email:, phone: +49 (0)431 8804083

Jan Klimaszewski

Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Laurentian Forestry Centre, 1055 du P.E.P.S., P.O. Box 10380, Stn. Sainte-Foy, Québec, G1V 4C7, Canada, email:, phone: +1 418 648 7849

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