20th International Annual Meeting on Biology and Systematics of Staphylinidae (Coleoptera)



The annual Meeting on Staphylinidae, first organized in 1985 at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, has since developed into an international platform for professional scientists and amateurs who are working on taxonomy, faunistics, biology, and ecology of rove beetles (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae). In this year's 20th anniversary from 6th to 5th May 2005 at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, 55 participants from 17 nations participated in the presentations and the field trips.
With about 43.000 known species worldwide, rove beetles (Staphylinidae) represent one of the most speciose beetle families, for which taxonomic knowledge is still very insufficient. Except for arctic regions, they are diverse in all relevant terrestrial habitats. Like ground beetles (Carabidae), most rove beetles are epigeal predators and have a strong influence on populations of terricolous organisms and are thus of considerable agronomical relevance.

This year's meeting at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin was organized in cooperation with the Deutsches Entomologisches Institut in Müncheberg. Both institutions have a very long tradition of research on staphylinids and house important historical collections of rove beetles with a considerable number of historical type specimens.

Principal Investigators
Frisch, Johannes Dr. (Details) (Entomology)

Duration of Project
Start date: 02/2005
End date: 05/2005

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