Strigota ambigua (Erichson, 1839)

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 : 126

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Strigota ambigua (Erichson, 1839)


Strigota ambigua (Erichson, 1839)  

NOVA SCOTIA: Digby Co.: Beaver River, 16-23.VII.1993, J. Cook, sand dunes, pitfall trap, (5, JCC). PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND: Kings Co.: Launching, 26.VIII.2003, C.G. Majka, coastal barrier beach: beneath coastline drift at the top of the littoral zone, (4, CGMC).

Strigota ambigua   ( Fig 3 View Figs 1-4 .) is newly recorded in Canada ( Fig. 12 View Fig ). It is widespread in the United States across a band from Connecticut, New York and New Jersey, south to North Carolina, west through Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Texas, to Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and California on the Pacific coast (Gusarov 2003). Almost nothing is known of the bionomics of this species. Gusarov (2001 -2003) recorded it from along riverbanks and in flood refuse. All the specimens found in the Maritime Provinces have been in sand dune and beach-drift environments. At Beaver River, NS other characteristic coastline species collected with S. ambigua   include Hypocaccus fraternus   , Stenus erythropus, Aegialia   opifex Horn, 1887, and Blapstinus metallicus   . For co-occurring coastline species found at Launching (PEI) see the preceding account on Oligota parva   .