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A new cryptic species of Aleochara Gravenhorst associated with Marmota monax (Linnaeus) burrows and caves in North America (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae). 2017. Klimaszewski, J.; Webster, R.P.; Brunke, A. Insecta Mundi 0600: 1–11.

Year: 2017

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 38960

Language: English

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A new cryptic species, Aleochara (Xenochara) castaneimarmotae Klimaszewski, Webster, and Brunke, new species (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Aleocharinae), associated with Marmota monax (Linnaeus) burrows and caves in eastern North America, is described and illustrated. A key to Canadian species of subgenus Xenochara Mulsant and Rey and revised distributions of the taxonomically difficult fumata species group are provided. Aleochara quadrata Sharp is recorded from Washington and Oregon for the first time.

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In this article, the researchers report the discovery of a new beetle species, Aleochara (xenochara) castaneimarmotae (Klimaszewski, Webster and Brunke). Living in caves and burrows, this insect is associated with the groundhog.

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

Taxonomy is a science that classifies living organisms. It is used in biodiversity studies or in assessments of the impact of human activity on forest ecosystems.