Eur. J. Entomol. 110 (1): 173-176, 2013 | 10.14411/eje.2013.025

Biological and distributional overview of the genus Eledonoprius (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae): Rare fungus-feeding beetles of European old-growth forests

Giuseppe M. CARPANETO1, Stefano CHIARI1, Paolo A. AUDISIO2, Piero LEO3, Andrea LIBERTO4, Nicklas JANSSON5, Agnese ZAULI1
1 Dipartimento di Biologia Ambientale, UniversitL degli Studi Roma Tre, Viale G. Marconi 446, 00146 Roma, Italy; e-mails: carpanet@uniroma3.it; schiari@uniroma3.it; agnese.zauli@libero.it
2 Dipartimento di Biologia e Biotecnologie "Charles Darwin", UniversitL degli Studi La Sapienza, Viale Borelli 50, 00185 Roma, Italy; e-mail: paolo.audisio@uniroma1.it
3 Via P. Tola 21, 09128 Cagliari, Italy; e-mail: piero.leo@tiscali.it
4 Via C. Pilotto 85/F 15, 00139 Roma, Italy; e-mail: andrea.liberto@ansa.it
5 Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, LinkGping University, 581 83 LinkGping, Sweden; e-mail: nicja@ifm.liu.se

All the information on the genus Eledonoprius was gathered to provide an up to-date overview of the geographical distribution and ecology of its species, and to assess their association with old-growth forests. Based on recent samples collected in deciduous forests and woodlands of Italy, the authors outline the habitats of these rare species and give an account of their trophic relations with bracket fungi. E. armatus is recorded in Central Italy and Sardinia for the first time; E. serrifrons is new to Basilicata (Southern Italy) and Syria.

Keywords: Tenebrionidae, Eledonoprius, saproxylic fauna, mycophagy, bracket fungi, forest ecosystems, old trees, cork oaks

Received: November 10, 2011; Accepted: August 20, 2012; Published: January 2, 2013

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