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Taxonavigation: Sphaeriusoidea 

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: Myxophaga
Superfamilia: Sphaeriusoidea

Familia: Sphaeriusidae
Genera (2): Sphaerius – †Burmasporum


  • Sphaeriusidae Erichson, 1845
    • placed on the Official List of Family-Group Names in Zoology by ICZN (2000: 182)
    • Incorrect original spelling: Sphaeriidae [junior homonym]
      • placed on the Official Index of Rejected and Invalid Family-Group Names in Zoology by Melville (1985), with the Name Number 504; emended by ICZN (2000: 182)
    • Type genus: Sphaerius Waltl, 1838
    • Stem: Sphaerius-
      • as per ruling by ICZN (2000: 182)



cited sources[edit]

  • ICZN 2000: Opinion 1957. Sphaerius Waltl, 1838 (Insecta, Coleoptera): conserved; and Sphaeriidae Erichson, 1845 (Coleoptera): spelling emended to Sphaeriusidae, so removing the homonymy with Sphaeriidae Deshayes, 1854 (1820) (Mollusca, Bivalvia). Bulletin of zoological nomenclature, 57: 182–184. ISSN: 0007-5167 Internet Archive BHL BioStor
  • Melville, R.V. 1985: Opinion 1331. Sphaeriidae Jeffreys, 1862 (1820) (Mollusca, Bivalvia) and Microsporidae Reichardt, 1976 (Insecta, Coleoptera): placed on the official list. Bulletin of zoological nomenclature, 42: 230–232. ISSN: 0007-5167 Internet Archive BHL BioStor
  • Waltl, J. 1838: Beiträge zur nähem naturhistorischen Kenntniß des Unterdonaukreises in Bayern. Isis von Oken, 1838: 250–273. BHL

Additional references[edit]

  • Beutel, R.G.; Arce-Pérez, R. 2005: 6.3. Sphaeriusidae Erichson, 1845 (Jäch 1999) (= Microsporidae). Pp. 48-49 in: Beutel, R.G. & Leschen, R.A.B. (volume eds.) Coleoptera, Beetles. Volume 1: Morphology and systematics (Archostemata, Adephaga, Myxophaga, Polyphaga partim). In: Kristensen, N.P. & Beutel, R.G. (eds.) Handbook of zoology. A natural history of the phyla of the animal kingdom. Volume IV. Arthropoda: Insecta. Part 38. Berlin, New York: Walter de Gruyter.
  • Beutel, R.G.; Raffaini, G.B. 2003: A new record of Sphaeriusidae for Argentina (Coleoptera: Myxophaga). Koleopterologische rundschau, 73: 1–6.
  • Britton, E.B. 1966: On the larva of Sphaerius and the systematic position of the Sphaeriidae (Coleoptera). Australian journal of zoology, 14: 1193–1198. DOI: 10.1071/ZO9661193
  • Endrödy-Younga, S. 1997: Microsporidae (Coleoptera: Myxophaga), a new family for the African continent. Annals of the Transvaal Museum, 36: 309–311.
  • Hall, W.E. 2000: 3. MICROSPORIDAE Crotch, 1873. Pp. 24-26 in: Arnett, R.H., jr.; Thomas, M.C. (eds.): American beetles. Volume 1. Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, Florida.
  • Hangay, G.; Zborowski, P. 2010: A guide to the beetles of Australia. CSIRO Publishing: Collingwood VIC, Australia. ISBN 9780643094871 ISBN 0643094873
  • Jäch, M.A. 1999: Case 3052. Sphaerius Waltl, 1838 and Sphaeriusidae Erichson, 1845 (Insecta, Coleoptera): proposed conservation by the partial revocation of Opinion 1331. Bulletin of zoological nomenclature, 56: 117–120. ISSN: 0007-5167 Internet Archive BHL BioStor
  • Kirejtshuk, A.G. 2009: A new genus and species of Sphaeriusidae (Coleoptera, Myxophaga) from Lower Cretaceous Burmese amber. Denisia, 26: 99–102. Abstract
  • Catalogue of Palearctic Coleoptera. Vol. 1 ed. I. Löbl, & A. Smetana, Apollo Books, Stenstrup, Denmark, 2003 and 2004
    ISBN 87-88757-73-0, p.25


Vernacular names[edit]

Deutsch: Kugelkäfer
English: minute bog beetles
lietuvių: Šratvabaliai
norsk: Sandstrandbiller
русский: Шаровики