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Parisolabis is the only known Australian genus.


The Anisolabididae (=Carcinophoridae auctt. ), regarded as constituting a superfamily of their own (Anisolabi[d]oidea) by Sakai (1982 et seq. ), consist of wingless species having the manubrium at least as long as the subgenital plate. In the Anisolabidinae , Titanolabis has the meso- and metasternum lobed posteriorly. The abdomen of Anisolabis is weakly dilated, but that of each of the closely related genera Gonolabis , Mongolabis and Notolabis is noticeably broadest towards the apex; these genera may also be distinguished by the male genitalia. Titanolabis colossea is a very large and robust earwig, with some specimens attaining 55 mm. It is reddish brown to black and is found in rainforests and wet sclerophyll forests of eastern Australia. All Isolabidinae (= Brachylabidinae, Brachylabinae auctt. ) are apterous, dull, dark brown to black, often thickly clothed with fine bristles, and have short antennae. Antisolabis , Brachylabis and Nannisolabis may be separated by the lateral keel of the mesonotum and the form of the proximal antennal segments. The Isolabellinae (Parisolabidinae) superficially resemble the Isolabidinae. Parisolabis is the only known Australian genus.

  • Anisolabididae

  • Anisolabididae