Callicerus obscurus Gravenhorst, 1802

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: 148-149

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Callicerus obscurus Gravenhorst, 1802

New Canadian Record

Callicerus obscurus Gravenhorst, 1802   New Canadian Record Figs 64142-143Map 64

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CANADA: ON:Hamilton Div., Hamilton, 15.v.1985, M. Sanborne, 1 (CNC); Huron Co., Brucefield, hedgerow, pitfall, 11.v.2009, A. Brunke, 1 (DEBU), same data except:, 1 (DEBU), Auburn, hedgerow, pitfall, 11.v.2010, A. Brunke, 1 (DEBU).


Canada: ON; western Palaearctic ( Assing 2001; Gusarov 2003b). Adventive in Canada.


Callicerus obscurus   is recorded from Canada for the first time based on Ontario specimens mostly collected in agricultural hedgerows. Gusarov (2003b) first reported this species from North America in an online catalog of North American Athetini   based on specimens collected in Ontario (V. Gusarov, pers. comm). The ' undescribed Callicerus   s.str.' from Ontario groundhog burrows mentioned by Ashe (in Newton et al. 2000) may in fact be this adventive species. Therefore, all Callicerus   in North America may be introduced. Males of Callicerus obscurus   are easily recognized by their extremely elongate antennomere 10. In North America, Callicerus obscurus   may be separated externally from Callicerus rigidicornis   by the more elongate pronotum (Fig. 64).

Callicerus obscurus   inhabits open and forested habitats in its native range and was suggested to be largely subterranean by Assing (2001) based on highly seasonal (mostly spring) surface activity and the low numbers of individuals captured in each collection event.