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Volume 2010, Article ID 138518, 6 pages
Research Article

Two New Species of the Genus Thoracophorus Motschulsky, 1837 (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae, Osoriinae) with Remarks on Ecology of the Genus in the Neotropical Region

Ecology-Centre, University of Kiel, Olshausenstrasse 40, 24098 Kiel, Germany

Received 5 November 2009; Revised 8 January 2010; Accepted 1 February 2010

Academic Editor: Christopher Carlton

Copyright © 2010 Ulrich Irmler. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The new species Thoracophorus venezuelanus and T. silvaticus are described. The ecological information from labels and that produced by more detailed studies in Central Amazonia indicate that tree canopies and tree trunks are main habitats of Thoracophorus species, and that many species might be associated with ants or termites.