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staphylinid Line breaks: staph¦yl|in¦id
Pronunciation: /ˌstafɪˈlɪnɪd/

Definition of staphylinid in English:


A beetle of a family (Staphylinidae) that comprises the rove beetles.
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  • Significant differences were noted in 2 years for carabids and staphylinids and one year for spiders.
  • Several taxa were reared for the first time, numerous new state records of staphylinids were made and experience was gained in rearing and maintaining beetles in laboratory settings.
  • Such peculiarities in combination with great reproductive potential and other advanced features of holometabolous insects make staphylinids an evolutionarily very successful animal group.


Late 19th century: from modern Latin Staphylinidae (plural), from the genus name Staphylinus, from Greek staphulinos, denoting a kind of insect.

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