Alfred Francis Newton

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Alfred Francis Newton, U.S. entomologist. Also published as Alfred Francis Newton, Jr.

Curator Emeritus
Zoology Department/Insect Division
Field Museum of Natural History
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605 USA

Taxon names authored

(List may be incomplete)


(List may be incomplete)



  • Thayer, M. K. & Newton, A.F. 1979. Revision of the south temperate genus Glypholoma Jeannel, with four new species (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Omaliinae). Psyche 85(1): 25–63 (1978).



  • Lawrence, J. F. & Newton, A.F. 1982. Evolution and classification of beetles. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 13: 261–290.
  • Newton, A.F. 1982. New name for the extinct genus Mesagyrtes Ponomarenko (Coleoptera: Silphidae s.l.). Psyche 88(3–4): 335 (1981).
  • Newton, A.F. 1982. A new genus and species of Oxytelinae from Australia, with a description of its larva, systematic position, and phylogenetic relationships (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae). American Museum novitates 2744: 1–24.
  • Newton, A.F. 1982. Redefinition, revised phylogeny, and relationships of Pseudopsinae (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae). American Museum novitates 2743: 1–13.


  • Newton, A.F. 1983. New generic synonymies, new combinations, and distributional comments on Leiodini (Coleoptera: Leiodidae). Coleopterists bulletin 37(2): 173–176.
  • Newton, A.F. 1983. Agathidiodes Portevin, new synonym of Stetholiodes Fall (Coleoptera: Leiodidae: Anisotomini). Psyche 89(3–4): 337–338 (1982).
  • Newton, A.F. 1983. Typhlobledius Lea transferred to Osoriini (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Oxytelinae, Osoriinae). Coleopterists bulletin 37(2): 176.


  • Newton, A.F. 1984. Mycophagy in Staphylinoidea (Coleoptera), pp. 302–353. In: Wheeler, Q. & M. Blackwell (eds.). Fungus-insect relationships: perspectives in ecology and evolution. Columbia University Press, New York. xiii + 514 pp.


  • Newton, A.F. 1985. South temperate Staphylinoidea (Coleoptera): their potential for biogeographic analysis of austral disjunctions, pp. 180–220. In: Ball, G. E. (ed.). Taxonomy, phylogeny and zoogeography of beetles and ants. Series Entomologica 33, W. Junk, Dordrecht. xiii + 514 pp.


  • Newton, A.F. 1987. Four Staphylinus (sensu lato) species new to North America, with notes on other introduced species (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Coleopterists bulletin 41(4): 381–384.




  • Newton, A.F. 1990. Myrmelibia, a new genus of myrmecophile from Australia, with a generic review of Australian Osoriinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Invertebrate taxonomy 4: 81–94.
  • Newton, A.F. 1990. Larvae of Staphyliniformia (Coleoptera): where do we stand? Coleopterists bulletin 44(2): 205–210.
  • Newton, A.F. 1990. Insecta: Coleoptera: Staphylinidae adults and larvae, pp. 1137–1174. In: Dindal, D. L. (ed.). Soil biology guide. John Wiley & Sons, New York. xviii + 1349 pp.
  • Newton, A.F. & S. L. Stephenson 1990. A beetle/slime mold assemblage from northern India (Coleoptera; Myxomycetes). Oriental insects 24: 197–218.


  • Newton, A.F. 1991 Agyrtidae through Silphidae and Pselaphidae (Staphylinoidea), Sphaeritidae through Histeridae (Hydrophiloidea), pp. 324–341, 353–355, 359–364. In: Stehr, F. W. (ed.). Immature Insects. Vol. 2. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., Dubuque, Iowa. xvi + 975 pp.


  • Burakowski, B. & Newton, A.F. 1992. The immature stages and bionomics of the myrmecophile Thoracophorus corticinus Motschulsky, and placement of the genus (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Osoriinae). Annali del Museo Civico di Storia Naturale 'Giacomo Doria' 89: 17–42.
  • Johnson, S. A., R. W. Lundgren, Newton, A.F., M. K. Thayer, R. L. Wenzel & M. R. Wenzel 1992. Mazur's World Catalog of Histeridae: emendations, replacement names for homonyms, and an index. Polskie Pismo Entomologiczne 61(2): 1–100 (1991).
  • Newton, A.F. & Thayer, M.K. 1992. Current classification and family-group names in Staphyliniformia (Coleoptera). Fieldiana: Zoology (new series) (67): iv + 92 p. BHL PDF Reference page
  • Newton, A.F., M. K. Thayer & C. W. Sabrosky 1992. Case 2786. Tachinidae Fleming, 1821 (Insecta, Coleoptera) and Tachinidae Robineau–Desvoidy, 1830 (Insecta, Diptera): proposed removal of homonymy, and Tachyporidae MacLeay, 1825 (Insecta, Coleoptera): proposed precedence over Tachinusidae Fleming, 1821. Bulletin of zoological nomenclature 49: 122–126.
  • Thayer, M. K., Newton, A.F. & T. Pape 1992. Case 2793. Metopiinae Foerster, 1868 (Insecta, Hymenoptera), Metopiini Raffray, 1904 (Insecta, Coleoptera), and Metopiini Townsend, 1908 (Insecta, Diptera): proposed removal of homonymy. Bulletin of zoological nomenclature 49: 200–204.


  • Ashe, J. S. & Newton, A.F. 1993. Larvae of Trichophya and phylogeny of the tachyporine group of subfamilies (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) with a review, new species and characterization of the Trichophyinae. Systematic entomology 18 (4): 267–286.
  • Newton, A.F. 1993. Leptusa alpicola Brancsik: dual lectotype designations (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Coleopterists bulletin 47(1): 34.


  • Lawrence, J.F. & Newton, A.F. 1995. Families and subfamilies of Coleoptera (with selected genera, notes, references and data on family-group names). Pp. 779–1006. In: Pakaluk, J. & Ślipiński, S.A. (eds.) Biology, Phylogeny, and Classification of Coleoptera: Papers Celebrating the 80th Birthday of Roy A. Crowson. Volume 2. Museum i Instytut Zoologii PAN, Warszawa. x + 1092 pp. in 2 vols. ISBN 83-85192-34-4. ResearchGate  . Reference page
  • Newton, A.F. 1995. Case 2872. Xantholinini Erichson, 1839 and Quediini Kraatz, 1857 (Insecta, Coleoptera): proposed precedence over senior synonyms, and Quedius Stephens, 1829: proposed designation of Staphylinus levicollis Brullé, 1832 as the type species. Bulletin of zoological nomenclature 52: 48–53.
  • Newton, A.F. & Thayer, M.K. 1995. Protopselaphinae new subfamily for Protopselaphus new genus from Malaysia, with a phylogenetic analysis and review of the Omaliine Group of Staphylinidae including Pselaphidae (Coleoptera), pp. 219–320. In: Pakaluk, J. & S. A. Ślipiński (eds.). Biology, phylogeny, and classification of Coleoptera: Papers celebrating the 80th birthday of Roy A. Crowson. Muzeum i Instytut Zoologii PAN, Warszawa. x + 1092 pp. in 2 vols. Reference page


  • Klimaszewski, J., Newton, A.F. & M. K. Thayer 1996. A review of the New Zealand rove beetles (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). New Zealand journal of zoology 23(2): 143–160.
  • Navarrete–Heredia, J. L. & Newton, A.F. 1996. Staphylinidae (Coleoptera), pp. 369–380. In: Llorente Bousquets, J. E., A. N. García Aldrete and E. González Soriano (eds.), Biodiversidad, taxonomía y biogeografía de artrópodos de México: hacia una síntesis de su conocimiento. Instituto de Biología, Universidad Autónoma de México, México D.F., México. xvi + 660 pp.
  • Newton, A.F. 1996. Creophilus luctuosus (Blanchard) from Bolivia transferred to the genus Xanthopygus, with locality correction (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment 31 (2): 79–81.


  • Newton, A.F. 1997. Review of Agyrtidae (Coleoptera), with a new genus and species from New Zealand. Annales zoologici 47: 111–156.
  • Newton, A.F. 1997. First record of the genus Platydracus (= Staphylinus in part) from Hawaii, with notes on Hawaiian Creophilus (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Staphylininae: Staphylinini). Bishop Museum occasional papers 49: 23–25.


  • Ballard, J. W. O., M. K. Thayer, Newton, A.F. & E. R. Grismer 1998. Data sets, partitions, and characters: Philosophies and procedures for analyzing multiple data sets. Systematic biology 47: 367–396.
  • Newton, A.F. 1998. Phylogenetic problems, current classification and generic catalog of world Leiodidae (including Cholevidae), pp. 41–178. In: Giachino, P. M. & S. B. Peck (eds.), Phylogeny and evolution of subterranean and endogean Cholevidae (= Leiodidae Cholevinae). Proceedings of XX I.C.E., Firenze, 1996. Atti Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Torino. 295 pp.
  • Newton, A.F. & Franz, H. 1998. World catalog of the genera of Scydmaenidae (Coleoptera). Koleopterologische rundschau 68: 137–165. PDF Reference page


  • Kistner, D.H. & Newton, A.F. 1999. A new genus and species of termitophilous Osoriinae from Thailand (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) with notes on its behavior and that of associated termitophiles. Sociobiology 34: 239–258.


  • Newton, A.F. 2000. Sphaeritidae Shuckard, 1839, pp. 209–211. In: Arnett, R. H. Jr. & M. C. Thomas (eds.), American Beetles, Vol. 1. Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida. xv + 443 pp. (2001)
  • Newton, A.F., M. K. Thayer, J. S. Ashe & D. S. Chandler 2000. Staphylinidae Latreille, 1802, pp. 272–418. In: Arnett, R. H., Jr. and M. C. Thomas (eds.), American Beetles, Vol. 1. Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida. xv + 443 pp. (2001)
  • S. B., P. Gnaspini & Newton, A.F. 2000. Catalogue and generic keys for the Leiodidae of Mexico, West Indies, and Central and South America (Insecta: Coleoptera). Giornale italiano di entomologia 9: 37–72 (1998).



  • Navarrete-Heredia, J. L. & Newton, A.F. 2002. Agyrtidae, pp. 493–498. In: Llorente Bousquets, J. & J. J. Morrone (eds.). Biodiversidad, taxonomía y biogeografía de artrópodos de México: hacia una síntesis de su conocimiento. Vol. III. Museo de Zoología, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma de México, México D.F., México. x + 690 pp.
  • Navarrete-Heredia, J. L., Newton, A.F., M. K. Thayer, J. S. Ashe & D. S. Chandler 2002. Guía ilustrada para los géneros de Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) de México. Illustrated guide to the genera of Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) of Mexico. Universidad de Guadalajara & CONABIO, México. xii + 401 pp.
  • Sikes, D. S., R. B. Madge & Newton, A.F. 2002. A catalog of the Nicrophorinae (Coleoptera: Silphidae) of the world. Zootaxa 65: 1–304.


  • Betz, O., M. K. Thayer & Newton, A.F. 2003. Comparative morphology and evolutionary pathways of the mouthparts in spore–feeding Staphylinoidea (Coleoptera). Acta zoologica 84 (3): 179–238.
  • Leschen, R. A. B. & Newton, A.F. 2003. Larval description, adult feeding behavior, and phylogenetic placement of Megalopinus (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Coleopterists bulletin 57(4): 469–493.


  • Bouchard, P., Lawrence, J.F., Davies, A.E. & Newton, A.F. 2005. Synoptic classification of the world Tenebrionidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) with a review of family-group names. Annales Zoologici 55(4): 499–530. PDF. Reference page
  • Newton, A.F. 2005. Sphaeritidae Shuckard, 1839; Synteliidae Lewis, 1882; Agyrtidae Thomson, 1859; Leiodidae Fleming, 1821, pp. 183–190, 261–280. In: Beutel, R. G. & R. A. B. Leschen (eds.). Coleoptera, Beetles. Vol. 1: Morphology and systematics (Archostemata, Adephaga, Myxophaga, Polyphaga partim). Handbuch der Zoologie/Handbook of Zoology. Band/Vol. IV: Arthropoda: Insecta (N. P. Kristensen & R. G. Beutel, eds.). Teilband/Part 38. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin & New York. xi + 567 pp.
  • Newton, A.F., C. Gutiérrez Chacón & D. S. Chandler 2005. Checklist of the Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) of Colombia. Listado de los Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) de Colombia. Biota Colombiana 6(1): 1–72.
  • Solodovnikov, A. Yu. & Newton, A.F. 2005. Phylogenetic placement of Arrowinini trib. n. within the subfamily Staphylininae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae), with revision of the relict South African genus Arrowinus and description of its larva. Systematic entomology 30(3): 398–441.


  • Navarrete-Heredia, J.-L., C. Gómez-Rodríguez & Newton, A.F. 2006. Staphylinidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) of the Biologia Centrali-Americana: Current status of the names. Zootaxa 1251: 1–70.
  • Newton, A.F. 2006. Habrocerus capillaricornis (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) discovered in South Africa. African entomology 14 (1): 193–194.
  • Newton, A.F. & S. B. Peck 2006. Family Staphylinidae, the rove beetles, pp. 131–158. In: Peck, S. B. The beetles of the Galápagos Islands, Ecuador: evolution, ecology and diversity (Insecta: Coleoptera). NRC Research Press, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. xiii + 313 pp.


  • Newton, A.F. & D. S. Chandler 2007. World catalog of the species of Tyrini (Hlaváč & Chandler 2005): Additions, corrections, and a new name (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Pselaphinae). Folia Heyrovskyana (A) 14 (3): 113–116 (2006).


  • Caron, E., Ribeiro-Costa, C.S. & Newton, A.F. 2008. New position of an abdominal defensive gland complex in Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) with redescription of Piestus heterocephalus Fauvel, 1902 (Piestinae). Zootaxa 1895: 1–9. Abstract Reference page
  • Grebennikov, V. V. & Newton, A.F. 2008. Minute larvae of Leptotyphlinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae): description of three genera with discussion on the monophyly and phylogenetic position of the subfamily as inferred from larval morphology. Zootaxa 1817: 49–58.


  • Grebennikov, V. V. & Newton, A.F. 2009. Good-bye Scydmaenidae, or why the ant-like stone beetles should become megadiverse Staphylinidae sensu latissimo (Coleoptera). European journal of entomology 106 (2): 275–301.
  • Seago, A. E. & Newton, A.F. 2009. A new genus of leiodid beetle from Chile, with a generic key and species checklist of described Neopelatopini (Coleoptera: Leiodidae: Camiarinae). Annales zoologici 59(3): 297–304.
  • Solodovnikov, A. Yu. & Newton, A.F. 2009. Australotarsius – A new genus of the rove beetle tribe Staphylinini from Australia (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Staphylininae). Zootaxa 2033: 49–57. PDF





  • Cai, C-Y., Thayer, M.K., Huang, D-Y., Wang, X-D. & Newton, A.F. 2013. A basal oxyteline rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) from the Early Cretaceous of China: Oldest record for the tribe Euphaniini. Comptes Rendus Palevol 12(3): 159–163. DOI: 10.1016/j.crpv.2013.02.002 Reference page
  • Chatzimanolis, S., Newton, A.F., C. Soriano & M. S. Engel 2013. Remarkable stasis in a phloeocharine rove beetle from the Late Cretaceous of New Jersey (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Journal of paleontology 87(2): 177–182.
  • Klimaszewski, J., A. Brunke, V. Assing, D. W. Langor, Newton, A.F., C. Bourdon, G. Pelletier, R. P. Webster, L. Herman, L. Perdereau, A. Davies, A. Smetana, D. S. Chandler 2013. Synopsis of adventive species of Coleoptera (Insecta) recorded from Canada. Part 2: Staphylinidae. Pensoft Series Faunistica No. 104, Sofia–Moscow. 360 pp.
  • Klimaszewski, J., M.-J. Morency, P. Labrie, A. Séguin, D. W. Langor, T. Work, C. Bourdon, E. Thiffault, D. Paré, Newton, A.F. & M. K. Thayer 2013. Molecular and microscopic analysis of the gut contents of abundant rove beetle species (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) in the boreal balsam fir forest of Quebec, Canada. ZooKeys 353: 1–24.
  • Lawrence, J. F., A. Ślipiński, R. G. Beutel & Newton, A.F. 2013. A possible larva of Lepicerus inaequalis Motschulsky (Coleoptera: Myxophaga: Lepiceridae) from Panama. Zootaxa 3701 (3): 393–400.
  • Navarrete-Heredia, J. L. & Newton, A.F. 2013. Staphylinidae of México: checklist updates and papers published between 2002–2013. Dugesiana 20 (2): 127–139.


  • Cai, Chenyang, Diying Huang, Newton, A.F. & M. K. Thayer 2014. Mesapatetica aenigmatica, a new genus and species of rove beetles (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) from the Middle Jurassic of China. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 87 (2): 219–224.
  • Cai, Chenyang, Newton, A.F., Diying Huang & Liang Tang. 2014. A new species of Platydracus Thomson, 1858 (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Staphylininae) from the upper Eocene Florissant beds, Colorado, USA. Palaeoworld 23(3–4): 321–326.
  • Cai, Chen-Yang, M. K. Thayer, M. S. Engel, Newton, A.F., J. Ortega-Blanco, Bo Wang, Xiang-Dong Wang & Di-Ying Huang 2014. Early origin of parental care in Mesozoic carrion beetles. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111(39): 14170–14174; online supporting information (9 pp.).
  • Fikáček, M., Y. Minoshima & Newton, A.F. 2014. A review of Andotypus and Austrotypus gen. nov., rygmodine genera with Austral disjunction (Hydrophiloidea: Hydrophilidae: Rygmodinae). Annales zoologici 64 (4): 557–596.
  • Navarrete-Heredia, J. L. & Newton, A.F. 2014. Biodiversidad de Staphylinidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) en México. Biodiversity of Staphylinidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) in Mexico. Revista mexicana de biodiversidad 85 (Suplemento): S332–S338.


  • Newton, A.F. 2015. New nomenclatural and taxonomic acts, and comments: Hydrophilidae; Histeridae; Leiodidae; Staphylinidae, pp. 1–4, 9–15. In: Löbl, I. & D. Löbl (eds.). Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera. Vol. 2. Revised and updated edition. Hydrophiloidea–Staphylinoidea. Brill, Leiden & Boston. Vol. 2/1, xiii, 1–900; 2/2, 901–1702. Reference page
  • McKenna, D. D., A. L. Wild, K. Kanda, C. L. Bellamy, R. G. Beutel, M. S. Caterino, C. W. Farnum, D. C. Hawks, M. A. Ivie, M. L. Jameson, R. A. B. Leschen, A. E. Marvaldi, J. V. McHugh, Newton, A.F., J. A. Robertson, M. K. Thayer, M. F. Whiting, J. F. Lawrence, A. Ślipiński, D. R. Maddison & B. D. Farrell 2015 The beetle tree of life reveals that Coleoptera survived end-Permian mass extinction to diversify during the Cretaceous terrestrial revolution. Systematic entomology 40(4): 835–880.
  • Newton, A.F. 2015. Cyrtoscydmini Schaufuss, 1889 Replaced by Glandulariini Schaufuss, 1889 (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Scydmaeninae). Coleopterists bulletin 69(4): 758–759. DOI: 10.1649/0010-065X-69.4.758
  • Newton, A.F. 2015. Beetles (Coleoptera) of Peru: A survey of the families. Staphylinidae Latreille, 1802. Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 88(2): 283–304.
  • Chani-Posse, M. & Newton, A.F. 2015. Flohria Sharp – a relictual genus of the subtribe Philonthina from the Americas (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Staphylininae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 108 (3): 372–382.
  • Lackner, T., S. Mazur & Newton, A.F. 2015. Family Histeridae Gyllenhal, 1808, pp. 76–130. In: Löbl, I. & D. Löbl (eds.). Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera. Vol. 2. Revised and updated edition. Hydrophiloidea – Staphylinoidea. Brill, Leiden & Boston. Vol. 2/1, xiii, 1–900; 2/2, 901–1702.
  • Leschen, R.A.B. & Newton, A.F. 2015. Checklist and type designations of New Zealand Aleocharinae (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). Zootaxa 4028(3): 301–353. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4028.3.1. Preview (PDF). Reference page
  • McKenna, D. D., B. D. Farrell, M. S. Caterino, C. W. Farnum, D. C. Hawks, D. R. Maddison, A. E. Seago, A. E. Z. Short, Newton, A.F. & M. K. Thayer 2015. Phylogeny and evolution of Staphyliniformia and Scarabaeiformia: forest litter as a stepping stone for diversification of nonphytophagous beetles. Systematic entomology 40 (1): 35–60.
  • Schülke, M. & Newton, A.F. 2015. New nomenclatural and taxonomic acts, and comments: Staphylinidae, p. 5. In: Löbl, I. & D. Löbl (eds.). Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera. Vol. 2. Revised and updated edition. Hydrophiloidea – Staphylinoidea. Brill, Leiden & Boston. Vol. 2/1, xiii, 1–900; 2/2, 901–1702.
  • Seago, A.E., Leschen, R.A.B. & Newton, A.F. 2015. Two new high altitude genera of Camiarini (Coleoptera: Leiodidae: Camiarinae) from Australia and New Zealand. Zootaxa 3957(3): 300–312. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3957.3.3. Preview (PDF). Reference page








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