Skip to main content Skip to main navigation menu Skip to site footer
Type: Article
Published: 2022-07-18
Page range: 501-519
Abstract views: 696
PDF downloaded: 383

Revision of the genus Plesiochara Sawada (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae)

Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University, 744 Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka, 819-0375 Japan.
The Kyushu University Museum, Hakozaki 6-10-1, Fukuoka 812-8581, Japan.
Coleoptera Aleocharini Palearctic new species redescription


The Japanese species of the genus Plesiochara Sawada, 1989 (tribe Aleocharini) are revised. Four species are recognized from Japan: Plesiochara japonica (Sharp, 1874) comb. nov. (removed from Ocalea Erichson), P. nitida Sawada, 1990, P. inflexa sp. nov. and P. rufula sp. nov. Plesiochara fusca Sawada, 1989 is synonymized with P. japonica, syn. nov. All species are described or redescribed, and a key is provided.



  1. Bernhauer, M. & Scheerpeltz, O. (1926) Staphylinidae VI. (Pars 82). In: Junk, W. & Schenkling, S. (Eds.), Coleopterorum Catalogus. Vol. 5. Staphylinidae. W. Junk, Berlin, pp. 499–988.
    Maruyama, M. (2004) A permanent slide under a specimen. Elytra, 32 (2), 276.
    Maus, C.H., Mittann, B. & Peschke, K. (1998) Host records of parasitoid Aleochara Gravenhorst species (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) attacking puparia of cyclorrhapheous Diptera. Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift, 45 (2), 231–254.
    Sawada, K. (1989) New species of Aleocharinae from Japan, I (Staphylinidae: Coleoptera). Contributions from the Biological Laboratory, Kyoto University, 27 (3), 273–307.
    Sawada, K. (1990) New species of Aleocharinae from Japan, II (Coleoptera; Staphylinidae). Contributions from the Biological Laboratory, Kyoto University, 27 (4), 541–553.
    Sharp, D.S. (1874) The Staphylinidae of Japan. The Transaction of the Entomological Society of London, 1874, 1–103.
    Shibata, Y., Maruyama, M., Hoshina, H., Kishimoto, T., Naomi, S., Nomura, S., Puthz, V., Shimada, T., Watanabe, Y. & Yamamoto, S. (2013) Catalogue of Japanese Staphylinidae (Insecta: Coleoptera). Bulletin of the Kyushu University Museum, 11, 69–218.
    Schülke, M. & Smetana, A. (2015) Staphylinidae. In: Löbl, I & Löbl, D. (Eds.), Catalogue of Palearctic Coleoptera, revised and updated edition. Vol. 2. Hydrophiloidea, Staphylinoidea. Brill, Leiden, pp. 304–1134.
    Smetana, A. (2004) Aleocharinae. In: Löbl, I. & Smetana, A. (Eds.), Catalogue of Palearctic Coleoptera. Vol. 2. Hydrophiloidea, Histeroidea, Staphylinoidea. Apollo Books, Stenstrup, pp. 353–494.