Philonthus varians (Paykull, 1789)

Majka, Christopher, Klimaszewski, Jan & Lauff, Randolph, 2008, The coastal rove beetles (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) of Atlantic Canada: a survey and new records, ZooKeys 2 (2), pp. 115-150: 138

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Philonthus varians (Paykull, 1789)


Philonthus varians (Paykull, 1789)  

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: Prince Co.: Belmont Park, 9.VII.1988, Y. Bousquet, (1, CNC).

Davies (1979) found this introduced Palearctic species in seaweed beach wrack in St. Andrews, New Brunswick. According to Smetana (1995: 240) “ Philonthus varians   occurs in all kinds of decaying organic matter … specimens were also collected under rotting seaweeds on sea beaches …”. It is abundant in many portions of the Atlantic Provinces ( Smetana 1995; unpublished data). Its distribution in North America is shown in Smetana (1995). It was first recorded in the region in New Brunswick in 1900-1907 ( Majka and Klimaszewski 2008). Hammond (2000) includes it as a generalist species regularly reported from saline and intertidal situations in Great Britain.