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Rove beetles (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) in yellow birch-dominated stands of southeastern Quebec, Canada: Diversity, abundance, and description of a new species

  • Jan Klimaszewski (a1), David Langor (a2), Karine Savard (a1), Georges Pelletier (a1), Donald S. Chandler (a3) and Jon Sweeney (a4)...
Abstract

Rove beetle assemblages from forest dominated by yellow birch (Betula alleghaniensis Britt. (Betulaceae)) at two sites in southeastern Quebec were characterized in terms of composition, diversity, and relative abundance. In total, 143 species were collected over two seasons (June–August of 1999 and 2000). In the pretreatment year (1999), 88 species were found in uncut stands. In the post-treatment year, 116 species were found in treated (by patch harvesting and ground scarification) and control plots combined. Sixty-one species were common to the two sites, 27 species captured in the 1999 season were not recaptured in the 2000 season, and 55 additional species were captured in 2000. There are 23 new distribution records for Quebec, and one species, Atheta (Dimetrota) pseudomodesta Klimaszewski, sp. nov., is described. New bionomics data on relative abundance, seasonality, and the utility of different trapping methods are presented. Assemblage composition is compared with that of a red spruce (Picea rubens Sarg. (Pinaceae)) forest in New Brunswick.

Les groupements de staphylins de la forêt mixte dominée par le bouleau jaune (Betula alleghaniensis Britt. (Betulaceae)) ont été caractérisés en termes de composition, diversité et abondance relative dans deux sites du sud-est du Québec. Au total, 143 espèces ont été récoltées pendant deux saisons (juin–août 1999 et 2000). Au cours de l’année précédant le traitement (1999), 88 espèces ont été trouvées dans la forêt intacte. Au cours de l’année suivant le traitement, 116 espèces ont été récoltées à la fois dans les secteurs traités (par coupe en trouées et le scarifiage) et témoins. Soixante et une espèces sont communes dans les deux secteurs, 27 espèces récoltées en 1999 n’ont pas été récoltées en 2000 et 55 espèces additionnelles ont été récoltées en 2000. Il y a 23 nouvelles mentions pour le Québec et une espèce, Atheta (Dimetrota) pseudomodesta Klimaszewski, sp. nov., est décrite pour la première fois. De nouvelles données bionomiques sur l’abondance relative, la distribution saisonnière et l’impact de différentes méthodes de piégeage sur les captures sont présentées. La composition des espèces est comparée à celle d’une pessière rouge (Picea rubens Sarg. (Pinaceae)) du Nouveau-Brunswick.

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