Ptinella simsoni

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Ptinella simsoni (male), length about 0.68 mm
Taxonavigation: Staphylinoidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Ordo: Coleoptera
Subordo: Polyphaga
Infraordo: Staphyliniformia
Superfamilia: Staphylinoidea

Familia: Ptiliidae
Subfamilia: Ptiliinae
Tribus: Ptinellini
Genus: Ptinella
Species: Ptinella simsoni


  • Ptinella simsoni (Matthews, 1878)
    • Authority for current combination: Johnson, 1982: 364 ('n.comb.')
      • undisputed by all subsequent authorities
    • Current status: original
    • Authority for current status: original
      • undisputed by all subsequent authorities
    • Original combination genus: Ptilium Gyllenhal, 1827
    • Original spelling(s) of specific epithet: simsoni
    • Original status: valid species
    • Primary type: lectotype
      • Fixation: designated by Johnson (1982: 364)
      • Description: [adult] female
      • Repository: BMNH
    • Type locality: 'Tasmania'
    • Secondary type: paralectotype
      • Fixation: designated
      • Repository: BMNH


  • Ptiliolum subvariolosum Britten in Joy, 1932
    • Authority for synonymy: Johnson, 1982: 364 ('New synonymy')
      • undisputed by all subsequent authorities
    • Combination: Plitium subvariolosum: Besuchet in Besuchet & Sundt, 1971: 328
    • Original combination genus: Ptiliolum Seidlitz, 1888
    • Original spelling(s) of specific epithet: subvariolosum
    • Original status: valid species
    • Primary type: lectotype
      • Fixation: designated by Besuchet (1976)?
      • Description: [adult]
      • Repository: MMUE
    • Type locality: 'Berks'


  • Anon. 2009: Chapter 11 List of species alien in Europe and to Europe. Pp. 133-263 in: DAISIE Handbook of alien species in Europe. Invading nature: Springer series in invasion ecology, 3 ISBN 978-1-4020-8279-5 e- ISBN 978-1-4020-8280-1 doi: 10.1007/978-1-4020-8280-1 Google books
  • Besuchet, C.; Sundt, E. 1971: 21. Familie: Ptiliidae. Pp. 311-342 in Freude, H.; Harde, K.W.; Lohse, G.A. (eds) Die Käfer Mitteleuropas. Vol. 3, Adephaga 2, Palpicornia, Histeroidea, Staphylinoidea 1. Goecke & Evers, Krefeld. [not seen]
  • Besuchet, C. 1976: Contribution a l'étude des Ptiliides paléarctiques (Coleoptera). Mitteilungen der Schweizerischen Entomologischen Gesellschaft, 49: 51–71. ISSN: 0036-7575 [not seen]
  • Johnson, C. 1982: An introduction to the Ptiliidae (Coleoptera) of New Zealand. New Zealand journal of zoology, 9: 333–376. BUGZ Google books
  • Joy, N.H. 1932: A practical handbook of British beetles. 2 vols. London, H.F. & G. Witherby. ISBN 0-900848-91-X Google books
  • Matthews, A. 1878: Description of a new species of Ptilium, discovered by Mr Aug. Simson, in Tasmania. Cistula entomologica, 2: 327–328. BHL reference page 
  • Sörensson, M. & Johnson, C. 2004. The first European records of the pantropical genus Bambara Vuillet, and a review of the immigrant featherwing beetles in Europe (Coleoptera: Ptiliidae). Koleopterologische rundschau 74: 287–302. abstract reference page  [see p. 296]


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