• Question: What is the Devil's Coach Horse's closed relative?

    Asked by JackC on 1 Jul 2022.
    • Photo: Liam Crowley

      Liam Crowley answered on 1 Jul 2022:


      The Devil’s Coach Horse (Ocypus olens) is a rove beetle (in the family Staphylinidae). There are several other species in the same Genus (e.g. Ocypus brunnipes & Ocypus aeneocephalus). They are all large, dark rove beetles with fearsome jaws, although the Devil’s Coach Horse is the largest and the only one with a common name!

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