Rugilus rufipes Germar, 1836**,

Webster, Reginald P. & DeMerchant, Ian, 2012, New Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) records with new collection data from New Brunswick, Canada: Paederinae, ZooKeys 186, pp. 273-292: 283-284

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Rugilus rufipes Germar, 1836**


Rugilus rufipes Germar, 1836**  Map 15

Material examined.

New Brunswick, Carleton Co., Jackson Falls, Bell Forest, 46.2152°N, 67.7190°W, 15.IX.2004, R. P. Webster, upper river margin, under litter on clay soil (2 ♂, 1 ♀, NBM, RWC); same locality and collector but 46.2246°N, 67.7206°W, 12.IV.2007, upper river margin, in drift material in area without snow cover, adults very active (2 ♂, 3 ♀, RWC); same locality but 46.2200°N, 67.7231°W, 20-26.V.2009, M.-A. Giguère & R. Webster, mature hardwood forest, Lindgren funnel traps (2, AFC); Meduxnekeag River Valley Nature Preserve, 46.1907°N, 67.6740°W, 20.VI.2006, R. P. Webster, mixed forest, in decaying gilled mushroom, (2 ♂, RWC); Jackson Falls, 46.2257°N, 67.7437°W, 18.VI.2010, R. P. Webster, water falls, splashing moss on rocks near fast flowing water (1, RWC). York Co., Charters Settlement, 45.8395°N, 66.7391°W, 23.IX.2009, R. P. Webster, mixed forest, in decaying (moldy) corncobs and cornhusks (1, RWC).

Collection and habitat data.

This adventive Palaearctic species lives in both dry and wet habitats in the Palaearctic region, including meadows, fields, heaths, forests, and hilly steppe ( Hoebeke 1995). Adults occurred in decaying organic matter and compost, under stones, and among leaves. In New Brunswick, adults were collected from grass litter and drift material along river margins and from decaying gilled mushrooms and decaying (moldy) corncobs and cornhusks in mixed and hardwood forests. One individual was collected from wet moss on rocks adjacent to a waterfall. Adults become active very early in the season when a deep snow cover is still present, as a number of very active adults were collected from a sun-exposed bare patch of drift material on an upper river margin on 12 April when a 60-cm snow pack was still present. Adults were captured during April, May, June, and September.

Distribution in Canada and Alaska.

ON, QC, NB, ( Campbell and Davies 1991; Hoebeke 1995).