Neobisnius terminalis (LeConte, 1863)

Brunke, Adam J. & Marshall, Stephen A., 2011, Contributions to the faunistics and bionomics of Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) in northeastern North America: discoveries made through study of the University of Guelph Insect Collection, Ontario, ZooKeys 75, pp. 29-68: 47

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Neobisnius terminalis (LeConte, 1863)


Neobisnius terminalis (LeConte, 1863) 


CANADA: ON: Essex Co.,Middle Is., shore, yellow pans, 11-VI-2003, S.A. Marshall (1); Niagara Reg., Grimsby, J. Pettit (1).


Neobisnius terminalis  is easily recognized among other orange and black species of the genus in northeastern North America by the elytra with a broad, pale apical area (Fig. 10). In other northeastern species, this pale area is restricted to a narrow strip.

This species was previously known from Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Nova Scotia, Pennsylvania, Québec, Texas, and Virginia ( Frank 1981b). Herein we newly record it from Ontario (Map 28). It is also known from Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, and Panama (unverified record) ( Frank 1981b). Unlike Neobisnius occidentoides  , Neobisnius terminalis  is strongly associated with the margins of rivers and lakes and is found in litter or under debris. The specimen recorded here from Ontario’s Middle Island (in Lake Erie) was taken in pan traps on a gravel lake shore.