Ochthephilum fracticorne (Paykull, 1800)

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 : 132-133

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



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Ochthephilum fracticorne (Paykull, 1800)


Ochthephilum fracticorne (Paykull, 1800)  

NEW BRUNSWICK: Albert Co.: Mary’s Point , 23.VIII.2003, C.G. Majka, coastal dunes   ; under flotsam, (1, CGMC). NOVA SCOTIA: Victoria Co.: South Harbour , 16.VI.1983, Y. Bousquet, sand beach, (1, CNC)   ; Ingonish North Bay , 29.VI.1983, L. LeSage, salt marsh, pile of decaying vegetation, (1, CNC)   .

Majka and Klimaszewski (2008) reported this species from New Brunswick. Its distribution in Atlantic Canada is shown in Fig. 13 View Fig . Ochthephilum fracticorne   has not been noted in Europe as a coastal species but rather is regarded as a synanthropic one found in fields, parks, litter, decomposing hay, and compost ( Drugmand 1989). D.S. Chandler (pers. comm.) has recorded it coastal habitats in New Hampshire and the above records from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia indicate that it is at least an occasional inhabitant of such environments ( Fig. 13 View Fig ). Ochthephilum jacquelini (Boieldieu, 1859)   , however, is a halobiont found exclusively in salt marshes in Great Britain ( Hammond 2000). There is some uncertainty about the zoogeographic status of O. fracticorne   . Campbell and Davies (1991) listed it as a Holarctic species but Drugmand (1989) treated it as a Palearctic species.



Christopher C. Majka


Canada, Ontario, Ottawa, Canadian National Collection of Insects


Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes