n African Entomology - Distributional, systematic and ecological notes on newly recorded lowland hydrophilid beetles from Algeria : short communication

Volume 15, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-3589



Specimens of aquatic Coleoptera were collected in various parts of northeastern Algeria in different surveys in 2005. Three species of hydrophilid were collected, and are reported here. Although the species (Gamelin, 1790) and (Küster, 1848) are frequently collected and presented in larger beetle collections, there are only a few definite records from Algeria. All samples were collected from lowland and moderately highland habitats in northeastern Algeria (maximum 800 m a.s.l.). The beetles were killed using ethyl acetate or in 70 % alcohol solution. Aedeagophores of the beetles, cleaned with brushes were dissected under a stereo microscope and left in 10 % KOH solution for 1-2 h. Photographs were taken using a SMZ-1500 Nikon type 104 microscope.

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