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Alpine Entomology
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  • On the genus Chaetocladius s. str. Kieffer, 1911 from Switzerland with
           descriptions of five new relic species occurring in glacial alpine springs
           and streams (Diptera, Chironomidae)

    • Abstract: Alpine Entomology 2: 15-34
      DOI : 10.3897/alpento.2.22759
      Authors : Joel Moubayed-Breil, Brigitte Lods-Crozet : A description of the male adults of five Chaetocladius s. str. species (C. castellae sp. n., C. lencioniae sp. n., C. lodscrozetae sp. n., C. macunensis sp. n. and C. muttensis sp. n.) is provided based on material collected in some glacial alpine springs and cold streams located in the Swiss Alps (altitude 1800–2700 m). Male adult of the nearest Chaetocladius species known from Europe and neighbouring areas belong to: C. aedeagolobatus Rossaro, Magoga & Montagna, 2017; C. insolitus Caspers, 1987; C. gracilis Brundin 1956; C. antipovae Makarchenko & Makarchenko, 2011; C. dissipatus (Edwards, 1929), C. holmgreni (Jacobson, 1998), C. egorych Makarchenko & Makarchenko, 2017. Although some resemblance can be found between the five diagnosed and described species and other related members of the Chaetocladius genus, the taxonomic position cannot be clarified until current comprehensive work on the genus is complete. Geographical distribution of the five new species is currently restricted to the two Alpine Swiss glacial catchments: upper basins of the Rhône River and Muttbach streams; streams and lakes delimited by the Macun area. This highlights the importance of some high mountain ranges, considered as cold glacial enclaves and hotspots of endemism, in the preservation and persistence of autochthonous alpine relic species. Such species are considered as relevant biogeographic representative and their loss would be biologically indicative of global warming and climate change. Currently, there are only seven recorded Chaetocladius species from Switzerland: C. coppai Moubayed-Breil, 2017; C. laminatus Brundin, 1947; C. cf. longivirgatus Stur & Spies, 2011; C. melaleucus (Meigen, 1818); C. perennis (Meigen, 1830); C. piger (Goetghebuer, 1913); C. suecicus (Kieffer, 1916). Consequently, the description of the five new species increases the total number in the genus Chaetocladius to twelve for this country. Remarks and comments on the taxonomic position, ecology and geographical distribution of the new described species, with key to known male adults from the upper catchment of Rhône River (including Muttbach valley) are provided.. HTML XML PDF
      PubDate: Fri, 2 Mar 2018 15:00:17 +0200
  • Amended description and new combination for Entomophthora nebriae
           Raunkiaer, (1893), a little known entomopathogenic fungus attacking the
           ground beetle Nebria brevicollis (Fabricius, 1792)

    • Abstract: Alpine Entomology 2: 1-5
      DOI : 10.3897/alpento.2.22136
      Authors : Siegfried Keller, Thorben Hülsewig : A fungus attacking the ground beetle Nebria brevicollis (Fabricius, 1792) (Coleoptera, Carabidae) was collected in north-western Germany. The fungus was identical to Entomophthora nebriae Raunkiaer, 1893 (Entomophthoromycotina, Entomophthoraceae), described in 1893 from Denmark and so far only known from the type collection. We provide an amended description of E. nebriae based on the new collection and transfer the species to the genus Erynia as Erynia nebriae comb. n. HTML XML PDF
      PubDate: Fri, 5 Jan 2018 17:49:03 +0200
  • From the South and from the North' – Quilnus marcosi Heiss & Baena
           and Aradus angularis J. Sahlberg, two flat bug species new for Central
           Europe (Hemiptera, Heteroptera, Aradidae)

    • Abstract: Alpine Entomology 2: 7-14
      DOI : 10.3897/alpento.2.21801
      Authors : Martin M. Gossner, Ralf Heckmann, Marco Moretti : The flat bug fauna of Switzerland is still insufficiently studied. We describe the first records of Aradus angularis J. Sahlberg, 1886 and Quilnus marcosi Heiss & Baena, 2006 (Heteroptera: Aradidae) in Switzerland from a burnt forest area in the canton Valais. These are also the first records for Central Europe. With these new records, the number of Aradidae species recorded in Switzerland increases to 21, and in the canton Valais to 16. A cantonal record list of aradid species in Switzerland and photographs of the two recently new recorded species are provided. The pyrophilous A. angularis shows a disjunct distribution pattern, disconnected from its known distributional range from Fennoscandia to Northeast China, which suggests that the species is a relict of the Ice Age in Central Europe. In contrast, the sub-Mediterranean Q. marcosi seems to have expanded its distributional range to the north-east or has previously gone unnoticed in Switzerland. The host plants of Q. marcosi include Pinus nigra and P. sylvestris. HTML XML PDF
      PubDate: Fri, 5 Jan 2018 11:30:34 +0200
  • Sieben Erstfunde und eine Bestätigung alter Nachweise für die
           Schmetterlingsfauna der Schweiz (Lepidoptera: Elachistidae, Gelechiidae,
           Tortricidae, Pyralidae)

    • Abstract: Alpine Entomology 1: 109-113
      DOI : 10.3897/alpento.1.22024
      Authors : Andreas Kopp, Hansjörg Brägger : Seven first records and one confirmation of old records for the Lepidotera fauna of Switzerland (Lepidoptera: Elachistidae, Gelechiidae, Tortricidae, Pyralidae) Seven microlepidoptera are reported as new for Switzerland: Elachista hedemanni Rebel, 1899, Chionodes continuella (Zeller, 1839), Gynnidomorpha alismana (Ragonot, 1883), Pelochrista huebneriana (Lienig & Zeller, 1846), Cydia ilipulana (Walsingham, 1903), Hypochalcia dignella (Hübner, 1796) and Euchromius bella (Hübner, 1796). An other species, so far known only from old records on the Swiss checklist, is also reported: Aplota nigricans (Zeller, 1852). HTML XML PDF
      PubDate: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:20:20 +020
  • Liste commentée des Scarabaeoidea (Coleoptera) de Suisse

    • Abstract: Alpine Entomology 1: 57-90
      DOI : 10.3897/alpento.1.21179
      Authors : Vivien Cosandey, Andreas Sanchez, Yannick Chittaro : Annotated checklist of Scarabaeoidea (Coleoptera) of Switzerland An updated checklist of the Swiss species belonging to the superfamily Scarabaeoidea is presented and briefly discussed. A total of 173 species belonging to the families Geotrupidae, Glaphyridae, Lucanidae, Ochodaeidae, Scarabaeidae and Trogidae is confirmed for Switzerland. This species list is based on 73’358 occurrences obtained from the identification of specimens held in museums and private collections and from the literature. In parallel, 65 species that were recorded from Switzerland in the past are excluded from this list, for reasons of insufficient documentation. HTML XML PDF
      PubDate: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:18:15 +020
  • Appel E, Gorb SN (2014) Comparative functional morphology of vein joints
           in Odonata

    • Abstract: Alpine Entomology 1: 115-116
      DOI : 10.3897/alpento.1.22208
      Authors : Hansruedi Wildermuth : Comparative functional morphology of vein joints in Odonata. HTML XML PDF
      PubDate: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:16:58 +020
  • Zweiter Nachtrag zur Rüsselkäfer-Fauna der Schweiz (Coleoptera,

    • Abstract: Alpine Entomology 1: 43-49
      DOI : 10.3897/alpento.1.17788
      Authors : Christoph Germann : Second addition to the checklist of Swiss weevils (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea) The number of reliably recorded taxa (species and subspecies) of Curculionoidea from Switzerland reaches at present 1080. Catapion vulnerariae (Dieckmann & Wanat, 1991), Otiorhynchus lugdunensis Boheman, 1843 and Tychius trivialis Boheman, 1843 are here recorded for the first time from Switzerland. Additional data on distribution and biology is given for 16 species. HTML XML PDF
      PubDate: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:10:43 +020
  • Protokoll der Jahresversammlung der Schweizerischen Entomologischen
           Gesellschaft vom 3. und 4. März 2017 am Agroscope Standort Changins

    • Abstract: Alpine Entomology 1: 123-127
      DOI : 10.3897/alpento.1.22240
      PubDate: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:46:45 +020
  • Four new neotropical Trioza species associated with Loranthaceae
           (Santalales) and comments on mistletoe inhabiting psyllids (Hemiptera,

    • Abstract: Alpine Entomology 1: 91-108
      DOI : 10.3897/alpento.1.20905
      Authors : Daniel Burckhardt, Fiorella Díaz, Dalva L. Queiroz : Four new Trioza species associated with mistletoes are described, diagnosed and illustrated from Brazil and Chile. They are monophagous on the Loranthaceae Struthanthus uraguensis (Trioza struthanthi sp. n.), Tripodanthus acutifolius (Trioza tripodanthi sp. n.) and narrowly oligophagous on Tristerix spp. (Trioza tristericis sp. n.). For a fourth species (Trioza vagata sp. n.) host information is unavailable but its association with mistletoes is likely. The four species form a putative monophyletic group, together with three North American species (Trioza acuminata Tuthill, T. incidata Tuthill and T. phorodendrae Tuthill), based on the apically incised paramere, the highly modified valvulae of the female ovipositor and the host association with mistletoes. T. acuminata stat. n. from California is raised to species rank (originally described as subspecies of T. phorodendrae). The Trioza struthanthi-group is diagnosed and a key for the identification of its constituent members is provided. New host data are provided for Calophya sp. from Brazil as well as for Notophorina fusca Burckhardt and Zonopelma australis Burckhardt from Chile. Host plant and biogeographical patterns of mistletoe feeding psyllids around the world are briefly discussed. HTML XML PDF
      PubDate: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:37:26 +020
  • Hofmann AF & Tremewan WG (2017) The Natural History of Burnet Moths
           (Zygaena Fabricius, 1775) (Lepidoptera: Zygaenidae), Part I

    • Abstract: Alpine Entomology 1: 117-119
      DOI : 10.3897/alpento.1.22129
      Authors : Raymond Guenin : none HTML XML PDF
      PubDate: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:03:18 +020
  • Laufkäfer in der Aare-Aue Rupperswil, Kanton Aargau, in den ersten fünf
           Jahren nach der Renaturierung (Coleoptera, Carabidae)

    • Abstract: Alpine Entomology 1: 5-15
      DOI : 10.3897/alpento.1.20948
      Authors : Thomas Walter, Nina Richner, Eliane Meier, René Hoess : Ground beetles of the alluvial area Rupperswil, Canton Aargau, Switzerland, during the five years after its restoration (Coleoptera, Carabidae) The Rupperswil floodplain (Canton Aargau) was restored in the years 2010–2011. From 2012 to 2016, annual surveys of ground beetles were conducted. Over the five years, a total of 116 species were collected. From these species, 12 are classified as threatened, near threatened, or rare according to the Red List of Switzerland. Moreover, considerable numbers of Bembidion atrocaeruleum, B. prasinum, and Harpalus progrediens were found in the Rupperswil floodplain, for which the Canton Aargau has a particularly high responsibility for conservation. Additionally, 37 of the recorded species are character species for floodplains. Thus, the restoration can be considered very successful for ground beetles. Non-restored areas, characterized by river training measures, harbor generally half as many species at best. The number of species recorded per year varied between 68 and 82. Species turnover rate was between 28 and 45%. This reflects the change in habitats and hydrology over the five years. Open gravel/sand surfaces and annual ruderal habitats were reduced to one-third of their original area, while reed canary grass stands and perennial ruderal habitats tripled in size. On the other hand, the turnover is certainly also due to the low detection probability of rare species. Despite the strong decline in individual ground beetle species which typically occur on open gravel surfaces, it would be premature to initiate interventions to rebuild such areas. During the last year of the study, all typical gravel species observed in the previous years within the study area were found again. If anything, it would be more beneficial to build ponds with flat banks of fine sand within the forested sections of the floodplain or clear some patches to create more ruderal areas. RÉSUMÉ La zone alluviale de Rupperswil (canton d’Argovie) a été renaturée dans les années 2010-2011. De 2012 à 2016, les carabes ont été recensés annuellement. Au total, 116 espèces ont pu être identifiées. Parmi celles-ci, 12 espèces sont considérées comme en danger, potentiellement en danger ou rare selon la Liste Rouge. 37 espèces sont des espèces indicatrices pour les zones alluviales. Ainsi, la renaturation peut être considérée comme très réussie pour les carabes. Dans les surfaces non renaturées avec une dynamique alluviale réduite, causé par des mesures de construction fluviales, la moitié des espèces peuvent au mieux être trouvées. En comparaison de la Suisse dans son ensemble, la responsabilité de l’Argovie est très élevée pour le maintien en particulier de Bembidion atrocaeruleum, très fréquent, de B. prasinum et de Harpalus progrediens nombreux à Rupperswil. Pour un même effort d’échantillonnage, le nombre d’espèces trouvées a varié entre 68 et 82 pour les deux années. Le degré de turnover d’une année à l’autre s’est situé entre 28 et 45%. Ceci reflète d’une part le changement des biotopes et une hydrologie variable sur les cinq ans. Les alluvions sans végétation et les surfaces rudérales annuelles ont diminué d’environ un tiers alors que les Phalaridions et les surfaces rudérales pluriannuelles ont triplé. D’autre part, le turnover doit aussi être attribué à la probabilité réduite de trouver les espèces rares. Malgré un fort recul de certaines espèces particulières qui apparaissent typiquement dans les gravières ouvertes, il serait prématuré de créer de nouveau de telles surfaces par des interventions. Toutes les espèces de gravière ont encore pu être trouvées dans la région la dernière année d’étude. Le cas échéant, l’installation d’étangs dans la forêt de la zone alluviale avec des surfaces à sédiments fins provenant des berges de même qu’un nouvel écorchement de surfaces partielles pour la création de couloirs rudéraux seraient favorables. ZUSAMMENFASSUNG Die Aue Rupperswil (Kanton Aargau) wurde in den Jahren 2010-2011 renaturiert. Von 2012 bis 2016 wurden jährlich die Laufkäfer untersucht. Insgesamt konnten 116 Arten nachgewiesen werden. Davon sind 12 Arten gemäss Roter Liste gefährdet, potenziell gefährdet oder selten. 37 Arten sind Auenkennarten. Damit kann die Renaturierung bezüglich der Laufkäfer als sehr erfolgreich bezeichnet werden. In Gebieten, wo die Auendynamik durch flussbauliche Massnahmen stark reduziert ist, findet man bestenfalls halb so viele Arten. Im gesamtschweizerischen Vergleich ist die Verantwortung des Kanton Aargau für die Erhaltung insbesondere von Bembidion atrocaeruleum, in Rupperswil sehr häufig, B. prasinum, sowie Harpalus progrediens, beide zahlreich, sehr hoch. Die Anzahl der in den einzelnen Jahren bei gleichem Sammelaufwand gefundenen Arten variierte zwischen 68 und 82. Die Turnover-Rate der Arten in den Folgejahren betrug zwischen 28 und 45%. Dies widerspiegelt einerseits die Veränderung der Lebensräume sowie die unterschiedliche Hydrologie in den fünf Jahren. Offene Kies-Sandflächen und einjä...
      PubDate: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:49:10 +020
  • Alpine Entomology: The journal of the Swiss Entomological Society (SES)
           goes alpine

    • Abstract: Alpine Entomology 1: 1-2
      DOI : 10.3897/alpento.1.22137
      Authors : Thibault Lachat, Hannes Baur :   HTML XML PDF
      PubDate: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:21:31 +020
  • Trilophidius gemmatus sp. n., a new species from Bhutan, with an updated
           identification key to the Asian species (Coleoptera, Carabidae,

    • Abstract: Alpine Entomology 1: 51-56
      DOI : 10.3897/alpento.1.17351
      Authors : Michael Balkenohl : Trilophidius gemmatus sp. n. from Bhutan is described and illustrated. Notes on how to separate this species from other Asian Trilophidius species are given. An updated identification key to the Asian Trilophidius species is provided. HTML XML PDF
      PubDate: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:27:18 +020
  • The male terminalia of seven American species of Drosophila (Diptera,

    • Abstract: Alpine Entomology 1: 17-31
      DOI : 10.3897/alpento.1.20669
      Authors : Carlos Ribeiro Vilela : The male terminalia of seven species of Drosophila endemic to the New World are described or redescribed and illustrated: one in the hydei subgroup (D. guayllabambae) and four in the mulleri subgroup (D. arizonae, D. navojoa, D. nigrodumosa, and D. sonorae) of the repleta group; one in the sticta group (D. sticta) and one so far unassigned to group (D. comosa). The D. guayllabambae terminalia redescription is based on a wild-caught fly. The redescriptions of the terminalia of the four species in the mulleri subgroup are based on strain specimens, while those of D. sticta and D. comosa terminalia are based on their holotypes. D. guayllabambae seems to be a strictly mountainous species of the Ecuadorian and Peruvian Andes. D. nigrodumosa is apparently endemic to Venezuela, occurring in the Andes as well as at lower altitudes. The remaining five occurs only at lower altitudes of the American continent. The detailed line drawings depicted in this paper aim to help interested taxonomists to tell those species apart. Their precise identification is of great importance to the knowledge of the American biodiversity increasingly threatened by human activities. HTML XML PDF
      PubDate: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:25:36 +020
  • Dr. Ivan Löbl, zum 80. Geburtstag unseres Ehrenmitglieds

    • Abstract: Alpine Entomology 1: 121-122
      DOI : 10.3897/alpento.1.21958
      Authors : Daniel Burckhardt : none HTML XML PDF
      PubDate: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:21:00 +020
  • Dr. Gerhard Bächli, Redaktor der Mitteilungen der Schweizerischen
           Entomologischen Gesellschaft von 1993–2001 und 2005–2016

    • Abstract: Alpine Entomology 1: 3-4
      DOI : 10.3897/alpento.1.21937
      Authors : Daniel Burckhardt : none HTML XML PDF
      PubDate: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:17:45 +020
  • A new species of Systenus Loew (Diptera, Dolichopodidae) from Croatia

    • Abstract: Alpine Entomology 1: 39-41
      DOI : 10.3897/alpento.1.20462
      Authors : Stefan Naglis : Systenus bartaki sp. n. is described from Croatia. The new species is similar to S. tener Loew and S. vasilii Grichanov but it differs by characters of the antennae and the male genitalia. HTML XML PDF
      PubDate: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:10:14 +020
  • West Palaearctic species of the Hercostomus species-group III (Diptera,
           Dolichopodidae), with description of a new species from Turkey

    • Abstract: Alpine Entomology 1: 33-38
      DOI : 10.3897/alpento.1.20463
      Authors : Stefan Naglis, Oleg P. Negrobov : The West-Palaearctic species of the Hercostomus species-group III are reviewed, a species-list and a revised key to males is provided. Hercostomus angustus (Loew, 1857) is restored from synonymy with Hercostomus nanus (Macquart, 1827) based on differences in male genitalia. Hercostomus griseifrons Becker, 1910 is redescribed and a lectotype is designated. Hercostomus tonguci sp. n. is described from Turkey. HTML XML PDF
      PubDate: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:08:59 +020
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