Myrmecopora vaga ( LeConte, 1866 )

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: 128-129

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http://doi.org/ 10.3897/zookeys.2.2

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3793014

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scientific name

Myrmecopora vaga ( LeConte, 1866 )
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Myrmecopora vaga ( LeConte, 1866)  

NOVA SCOTIA: Halifax Co.: Point Pleasant Park, 23.VI.2002, C.G. Majka, small beach, in flotsam, (1 female, CGMC).

Myrmecopora vaga   ( Fig. 4 View Figs 1-4 ) is newly recorded in Canada ( Fig. 13 View Fig ). The specimen was collected on a small sandy beach along the Northwest Arm in Point Pleasant Park. Several individuals were observed in the vicinity of beach-drift detritus accumulated at the top of the strand line. They were, however, quick to take flight and agile on the wing, and only one specimen was captured. Other characteristic co-inhabiting coastline species of beetles collected together with M. vaga   at this site were Cercyon litoralis   , Dermestes undulatus Brahm, 1790   [ Dermestidae   ], and Blapstinus metallicus   .

Myrmecopora vaga   was described by LeConte (1866) from the “Lake Superior” region of the United States where it was found in the riparian areas of lakes and streams ( Newton et al. 2000). The present record is the first subsequent record, and the first one from eastern North America. While the species was found in riparian areas in the interior of the continent, it was discovered on the coastline in Nova Scotia. This may be a typical habitat for this little-known species given that many Western Palaearctic species of Myrmecopora   are known to inhabit coastline, beach-drift, and shingle-beach environments where they are typically found beneath seaweed and other debris accumulated on the strand line ( Assing 1997a, 1997b). These include M. fugax (Erichson, 1839)   , M. laesa (Erichson, 1839)   , M. uvida (Erichson, 1840)   , M. boehmi Bernhauer, 1910   , M. oweni Assing, 1997   , M. sulcata (Kiesenwetter, 1850)   , M. simillima (Wollaston, 1864)   , M. maritima (Wollaston, 1864)   , M. minima Bernhauer, 1900   , M. anatolica (Fagel, 1969)   , M. bernahueri Koch, 1936   , and M. brevipes Butler, 1909   (all the species in the subgenera Iliusa   , Paraxenusa   , and Xenusa   ); and in the eastern portion of the Palaearctic region, M. rufescens (Sharp, 1874)   , M. algarum (Sharp, 1874)   , M. reticulata ( Assing, 1997)   , and M. chinensis Cameron, 1944   (all the species in the subgenus Lamproxenusa   ). Consequently this species should be sought more extensively in both riparian and seacoast situations in North America in order to better determine its distribution on the continent.

Oxytelinae  

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Staphylinidae

Genus

Myrmecopora

Loc

Myrmecopora vaga ( LeConte, 1866 )

Majka, Christopher, Klimaszewski, Jan & Lauff, Randolph 2008
2008
Loc

M. oweni

Assing 1997
1997
Loc

Paraxenusa

Assing 1997
1997
Loc

Lamproxenusa

Assing 1997
1997
Loc

M. chinensis

Cameron 1944
1944
Loc

M. bernahueri

Koch 1936
1936
Loc

M. boehmi

Bernhauer 1910
1910
Loc

M. brevipes

Butler 1909
1909
Loc

M. minima

Bernhauer 1900
1900
Loc

Xenusa

Mulsant & Rey 1874
1874
Loc

Iliusa

Mulsant & Rey 1873
1873
Loc

Myrmecopora

Saulcy 1864
1864
Loc

Oxytelinae

Fleming 1821
1821