Aleocharine Rove Beetles of Eastern Canada (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae): A Glimpse of Megadiversity


Klimaszewski J, Webster R, Langor D, Brunke AJ, Davies A, Bourdon C, Labrecque M, Newton AF, Dorval J-A, Frank JH. 2018. Aleocharine rove beetles of Eastern Canada (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae): a glimpse of megadiversity. Springer Nature: Cham, Switzerland. 902 pp.

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This book presents all the species of coleoptera and staphylinids of eastern Canada (from Ontario to the Maritimes) for the first time. For each of the 408 species, the authors present identifying photos as well as information about their ecology, the damage they cause, and their distribution range (both in Canada and the United States).

Taxonomy is a science that classifies living organisms. Insects are grouped into different orders, which are then subdivided into families, genera and species. It is mainly used in biodiversity studies or in assessments of the impact of human activity on forest ecosystems.
[PLS from NRC entry made by lead author]


A first comprehensive synopsis of all aleocharine rove beetle species (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) recorded from eastern Canada, from Ontario to the Maritime Provinces inclusively, is presented. Four hundred and five recorded species in 95 genera, 20 subtribes and 17 tribes are presented and discussed. Tribes and subtribes are arranged in presumably phylogenetic order as it is currently recognized. Genera and subgenera are listed alphabetically. Species are listed alphabetically or in species groups to better reflect their relationships. Species distribution is listed by abbreviated provinces and territories in Canada and abbreviated states in the United States. Geographic status is given to every species as Native, Holarctic or adventive with some species listed with undetermined status - adventive or Holarctic. Every treated species is presented with a diagnosis, including short description of body and description of the median lobe of aedeagus, spermatheca, and tergite and sternite VIII of both sexes. For each species a plate with colour habitus image and black and white images of genital structures is provided to aid with positive identification. Collection and habitat data (often new) are presented for each species, including data on macrohabitat, microhabitat, collecting period, and collecting methods.

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