Canadian Forest Service Publications

First record of Thecturota tenuissima Casey from Canada (Coleoptera, Staphylinidae, Aleocharinae). 2017. Klimaszewski, J.; Struyve, T.; Bourdon, C.; Dorval, J.-A. ZooKeys 702: 19-25.

Year: 2017

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 38900

Language: English

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DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.702.19963

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Thecturota tenuissima Casey, is reported for the first time from Canada, based on records from Ontario and Quebec. It was originally described from Rhode Island, USA, and no other records of this species in North America were published since that time. The specimens from Canada were captured by car netting. We provide here a redescription of this species and never before published images of habitus, tergite, and sternite VIII of both sexes, median lobe of aedeagus and spermatheca. The features distinguishing T. tenuissima from T. capito Casey (=pusio (Casey)), the only other species reported in Canada, are provided and illustrated.

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In this article, the researchers report the Coleoptera Thecturota tenuissima Casey for the first time in Canada.

Their work focused on providing an updated description of this insect and on producing images of its body and genital structures in order to develop an identification key for Canadian species. The article also includes an identification key and habitat data.

Taxonomy is the science of classifying living organisms. It is mainly used in biodiversity studies or in assessments of human activity impacts on forest ecosystems.