Philhygra larsoni Klimaszewski & Langor, 2011,

Webster, Reginald P., Klimaszewski, Jan, Bourdon, Caroline, Sweeney, Jon D., Hughes, Cory C. & Labrecque, Myriam, 2016, Further contributions to the Aleocharinae (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) fauna of New Brunswick and Canada including descriptions of 27 new species, ZooKeys 573, pp. 85-216: 133-134

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Philhygra larsoni Klimaszewski & Langor, 2011


Taxon classification Animalia Coleoptera Staphylinidae

Philhygra larsoni Klimaszewski & Langor, 2011  Figs 226-233

Philhygra larsoni  (For diagnosis, see Klimaszewski et al. 2011)

Material examined.

New Brunswick, Albert Co., Caledonia Gorge P.N.A., 45.7985°N, 64.7755°W, 18.VIII.2012, R.P. Webster // Crooked Creek near Caledonia Brook, splashing sun-exposed moss covered rocks (1 ♂, NBM). Charlotte Co., near New River, 45.21176°N, 66.61790°W, 7.VII.2006, R.P. Webster, coll. // Mixed forest, margin of small pond, treading Carex  hummock into water (1 ♂, NBM). Kings Co., Rt. 102 near Mill Brook, 45.5993°N, 66.0583°W, 13.V.2008, R.P. Webster, coll. // Red oak forest, in leaf litter near brook (1 ♂, RWC). Queens Co., Cambridge, W of Jemseg at "Trout Creek" 45.8227°N, 66.1240°W, 9.V.2004, R.P. Webster, coll. // Silver maple swamp, sifting litter at base of large tree (2 ♂, NBM); same locality but 45.8255°N, 66.1174°W, 1.VII.2008, R.P. Webster, coll. // Seasonally flooded marsh, treading vegetation near pond margin (1 ♂, RWC); Canning, Grand Lake near Scotchtown, 45.8762°N, 66.1816°W, 12.V.2004, R.P. Webster, coll. // Lake shore, under drift material (2 ♂, RWC); Bayard near Nerepis River, 45.4442°N, 66.3292°W, 25.V.2008, R.P. Webster, coll. // Pond margin, in moist grass litter on mud (1 ♂, RWC). Sunbury Co., Burton, SW of Sunpoke Lake, 45.7575°N, 66.5736°W, 17.IV.2005, R.P. Webster, coll. // Red maple swamp, in leaf litter near margin of slow [flowing] stream (1 ♂, NBM). York Co., Charters Settlement, 45.8428°N, 66.7279°W, 9.V.2004, 19.V.2004, 23.VI.2004, 13.VIII.2004, R.P. Webster, coll. // Mixed forest, small sedge marsh, in moist grass litter (3 ♂, 2 ♀, NBM; 2 ♀, RWC); same locality but, 45.8395°N, 66.7391°W, 10.VI.2007, R.P. Webster, coll. // Mixed forest, u.v. light (1 ♀, NBM); 8.5 km W of Tracy, off Rt. 645, 45.6821°N, 66.7894°W, 6.V.2008, R.P. Webster, coll. // Wet alder swamp, in leaf litter & grass on hummock [near vernal pools] (1 ♂, 1 ♀, RWC); 9.2 km W of Tracy, off Rt. 645, 45.6837°N, 66.8809°W, 22.V.2008, R.P. Webster, coll. // Carex  marsh adjacent to slow [flowing] stream, in Carex  hummock (1 ♀, RWC).

Natural history.

In NB, Philhygra larsoni  was found mostly in wetland habitats. Adults were found by splashing sun-exposed moss-covered rocks in a small river, treading Carex  hummocks into water along pond margins, treading vegetation near a small pond in a seasonally flooded marsh, sifting moist grass litter near stream and pond margins, a red maple swamp, and sedge marshes, sifting grass and leaf litter on a hummock in a wet alder swamp, and sifting drift material on a lake margin. Nothing was previously known about the habitat associations of this species. In NF, Philhygra larsoni  was collected from May to August without specific habitat data ( Klimaszewski et al. 2011); in NB, adults were captured from mid-April to mid-August.

Distribution in Canada and Alaska.

NB, NF ( Klimaszweski et al. 2011; Bousquet et al. 2013).