Atheta (Pseudota?) nescia (Casey, 1910)

Brunke, Adam J., Klimaszewski, Jan, Dorval, Julie-Anne, Bourdon, Caroline, Paiero, Steven M. & Marshall, Stephen A., 2012, New species and distributional records of Aleocharinae (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) from Ontario, Canada, with a checklist of recorded species, ZooKeys 186, pp. 119-206: 148

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Atheta (Pseudota?) nescia (Casey, 1910)

New Ontario Record

Atheta (Pseudota?) nescia (Casey, 1910)   New Ontario Record Fig. 63Map 63 genitalia in Klimaszewski and Winchester (2002) (as Atheta vancouveri   )

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CANADA: ON:Huron Co., Auburn, hedgerow, 26.v.2010, A. Brunke, 1 (DEBU); Manitoulin Distr., Manitoulin I., Kip Fleming Tract, 8 km SW Gore Bay, 45°52'13"N, 82°32'31"W, oak savannah/alvar, pans nr. log, 23.viii to 30.viii.2010, Marshall et al., 2 (DEBU);same data except:malaise pans, to, 1 (DEBU); Northumberland Co., Barr prop., 7 km NE Centreton, site 1, 44°7'40"N, 77°58'57"W, savannah, malaise pans, to, Brunke and Paiero, 1 (DEBU).


Canada: BC, ON ( Klimaszewski and Winchester 2002 [as Atheta vancouveri   Klimaszewski]). Native.


The specimens form Ontario agree in most characteristics with British Columbian specimens of Atheta nescia   except for the less robust antennae, particularly in males, and the median lobe in lateral view, with a slightly narrower tubus and more rounded apex (for illustrations of the genitalia of Atheta nescia   see Figs 51-53 in Klimaszewski and Winchester 2002 under the synonymic name Atheta vancouveri   Klimaszewski). The spermathecae of the two species are similarly shaped. Therefore we tentatively associate the Ontario specimens with Atheta nescia   but more specimens are needed from a broader distributional range to fully establish their identity.

The Ontario specimens were captured in sparsely treed, open habitats including savannahs and an agricultural hedgerow. Similarly, the specimens of Atheta nescia   collected in British Columbia were primarily collected in clear-cut forests ( Klimaszewski and Winchester 2002, as Atheta vancouveri   ).