Transition from bamboo sap to water: aquatic habits in the sap beetle amphicrossus japonicus (Coleoptera : Cucujoidea : Nitidulidae)

Hashim, Rosli and Wiwatwitaya, D. and Kovač, D. and Jelinek, J. (2007) Transition from bamboo sap to water: aquatic habits in the sap beetle amphicrossus japonicus (Coleoptera : Cucujoidea : Nitidulidae). European Journal of Entomology, 104 (3). pp. 635-638. ISSN 1210-5759

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Abstract

Amphicrossus japonicus is the first known facultatively aquatic nitidulid. The adult beetles breed in bamboo sap and subsequently enter water-filled bamboo culms. In water they breathe via a ventral air sheath held by hydrofuge pubescence. The beetles are facultative predators and hunt mosquito larvae, which they grab with their forelegs. The trend to facultative predation in Cucujoidea and the transition for beetles in general from semi-liquid decaying organic matter into water is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Institute of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science Building, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nitidulidae, Amphicrossus, Aquatic beetles, Culicidae, Bamboo, Tree sap, Phytotelrn, Hydrofuge hairs, Oriental region, Malaysia, Thailand
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Science > Institute of Biological Sciences
Depositing User: Miss Malisa Diana
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2013 02:27
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2019 09:12
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/8302

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