Laboratoire National dEntomologie Forestiere

Quillan, France

Laboratoire National dEntomologie Forestiere

Quillan, France
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Soldati F.,Laboratoire National dEntomologie Forestiere | Soldati L.,French National Institute for Agricultural Research
Annales Zoologici | Year: 2011

A new species of the genus Opatrum Fabricius, 1775, 0. (Opatrum) malgorzatae sp. nov., is described from Corsica. It is compared to its Sardinian endemic relative O. (Opatrum) dahli Kster, 1849. Photographs of habitus and aedeagus of both species are presented. © Fundacja Natura optima dux.

Benyahia Y.,Hassan II University | Soldati F.,Laboratoire National Dentomologie Forestiere | Rohi L.,Hassan II University | Valladares L.,University Paul Sabatier | And 2 more authors.
Check List | Year: 2015

To contribute to the knowledge of beetles (Coleoptera) of the mountainous region of Morocco, Talassemtane National Park (Western Rif, Chefchaouen district, Morocco) was surveyed. This is an exceptional protected area of the Mediterranean Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve (RIBM). The inventory was made using different traps combined with active searching periodically during 2013 and 2014. Among numerous species belonging to various families, the darkling beetles (Tenebrionidae) represent one of the major groups, in terms of diversity and heritage value. Thirty five species were identified, two species are new records to Morocco, and two other species, which were hitherto only known by the type specimens, have been rediscovered. © 2015 Check List and Authors.

PubMed | CNRS Systematics, Biodiversity and Evolution Institute, Independent researcher, IRSTEA, Entreprise Nicolas Moulin Entomologiste and 2 more.
Type: | Journal: Biodiversity data journal | Year: 2015

Saproxylic beetles - associated with dead wood or with other insects, fungi and microorganisms that decompose it - play a major role in forest nutrient cycling. They are important ecosystem service providers and are used as key bio-indicators of old-growth forests. In France alone, where the present study took place, there are about 2500 species distributed within 71 families. This high diversity represents a major challenge for specimen sorting and identification. The PASSIFOR project aims at developing a DNA metabarcoding approach to facilitate and enhance the monitoring of saproxylic beetles as indicators in ecological studies. As a first step toward that goal we assembled a library of DNA barcodes using the standard genetic marker for animals, i.e. a portion of the COI mitochondrial gene. In the present contribution, we release a library including 656 records representing 410 species in 40 different families. Species were identified by expert taxonomists, and each record is linked to a voucher specimen to enable future morphological examination. We also highlight and briefly discuss cases of low interspecific divergences, as well as cases of high intraspecific divergences that might represent cases of overlooked or cryptic diversity.

New records are given for Gerandryus aetnensis (Rottenberg, 1871) (Coleoptera ; Tenebrionidae Latreille, 1802) in the Mercantour national Park and in the Alpes-Maritimes. The systematic position of the genus Gerandryus Rottenberg, 1873 within the subfamily Alleculinae Laporte, 1840 and the history of the distribution of G. aetnensis are discussed. Ecological data are provided. © Publications scientifiques du Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris.

Toigo M.,IRSTEA | Paillet Y.,IRSTEA | Noblecourt T.,Laboratoire National dEntomologie Forestiere | Soldati F.,Laboratoire National dEntomologie Forestiere | And 2 more authors.
Biological Conservation | Year: 2013

Unmanaged forest reserves are designed to preserve or restore typical forest biodiversity, such as forest specialist or dispersal-limited forest species. Yet some species groups might be more dependent on specific habitat features than on forest management per se. We therefore investigated the respective influence of forest management abandonment and habitat characteristics on ground beetles in six French forests comprising both managed and unmanaged areas (85 plots). We hypothesised contrasted responses of carabid species richness depending on ecological and life-history traits (habitat affinity, dispersal ability, diet and moisture affinity). Management abandonment favoured only two ecological groups: forest specialists and openland species. For the other groups, management abandonment was not the main driver. Basal area and humus activity - respectively proxies for canopy closure and food supply - increased total species richness and richness of four ecological groups (forest, wingless, moisture indifferent and carnivorous species). Small scale variables, such as ground vegetation structure, most influenced habitat generalists, winged, hygrophilous and xerophilous species. The effect of forest management abandonment may have been limited either because the reserves we studied have been set aside too recently (15-45. years ago), or because harvesting in the managed forests was relatively extensive (no clearcutting or slash harvesting). We emphasise the importance of taking stand structure into account to plan for biodiversity conservation in managed forests. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Soldati F.,Laboratoire National dEntomologie Forestiere | Francois A.,Emirates Center for Wildlife Propagation
Annales Zoologici | Year: 2013

Abstract. The little known species Alphasida (Glabrasida. nitida Bedel, 1918, described from eastern Morocco based on the unique type specimen, is rediscovered by numerous specimens from the type locality. The peculiar ecology of this species is indicated. Its systematic position in the subgenus Glabrasida Escalera, 1910 within the genus Alphasida Escalera, 1905 is confirmed. A redescription of this species based on both sexes is given and a neotype is designated. © Fundacja Natura optima dux.

Soldati F.,Laboratoire National dEntomologie Forestiere | Francois A.,Emirates Center for Wildlife Propagation
Annales Zoologici | Year: 2015

Alphasida (Glabrasida) bounaceurensis sp. nov. is described from the Jbel Bou Naceur top, the most eastern summit of the Moroccan Middle Atlas range. It is compared to other morphologically and geographically related species. Type material of Alphasida (Glabrasida) lecerfi Koch, 1940 and its subspecies is studied. A lectotype is designated for Alphasida (Glabrasida) iblanensis Antoine, 1939. We propose here a new synonymy: Alphasida (Glabrasida) iblanensis Antoine, 1939 = Alphasida (Glabrasida) lecerfi ighrezranensis Koch, 1940.

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