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The unique Brazilian species of Polylobus Solier (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae) with a checklist of all species of the genus



Polylobus stigma (Erichson, 1839) is the only known species of the genus from Brazil. Here, this species is redescribed based on the type material, including illustrations of diagnostic characters. The species remains in Polylobus, but pending further revision of the genus and related genera as Tricolpochila Bernhauer, 1908 and Polylobinus Bernhauer, 1908. A commented checklist of all species in Polylobus is also provided.


Oxypodini; palynophagy; rove beetle; South America; taxonomy

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