Animal Species:Beach rove beetles

Over 2,500 species of rove beetle live in Australia.

Beach Rove Beetle

Andrew Donnelly © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Beach rove beetles

Number of species

2,500

Identification

Rove beetles are recognised by their short wing cases, allowing them to curl their abdomen up in order to project poisons from their tail end.

Size range

1 cm

Distribution

Rove beetles are found in coastal areas of Australia.

Habitat

Rove beetles are often found in intertidal areas.

Feeding and Diet

Beach rove beetles are specialised predators of fly maggots in rotting sea urchins, muttonbirds and seaweed. Other rove beetles also feed on small invertebrates and fungi.

Other behaviours and adaptations

Larger rove beetles are aggressive when handled and repeatedly try to bite the handler. However, most are small and live their lives hidden in leaf litter or under bark.

Classification

Genus:
Cafius
Family:
Staphylinidae
Superfamily:
Staphylinoidea
Suborder:
Polyphaga
Order:
Coleoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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Dr David Britton , Head, Natural Sciences & Biodiversity Conservation
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