Confirmed occurrence of Hydroscapha granulum in Iran, with notes on its biology (Coleoptera: Myxophaga: Hydroscaphidae)

Falamarzi Shahram, Putz Andreas, Heidari Mohammad, Nasserzadeh Hiva
Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 50(1): 97-106, 2010
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Abstract: During 2008 and 2009, a study of the hygropetric fauna was carried out in the provinces of Fars and Mazandaran in Iran. Fifteen hygropetric sites were sampled and the Hydroscapha specimens were recorded at twelve of them. All specimens collected were identifi ed as Hydroscapha granulum (Motschulsky, 1855). Taxonomic and distributional features of this species, also some remarks regarding the ecological preferences are provided. Our study represents the fi rst records of Hydroscapha granulum in Iran confi rmed by the study of male genitalia.
Key words: Myxophaga, Hydroscaphidae, Hydroscapha granulum, distribution, morphology, hygropetric habitats, bionomics, Iran, Palaearctic Region
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