Aleocharinae is the largest subfamily of Staphylinidae, and embraces a wide variety of morphologically and ecologically diverse species that are poorly documented in Canada and elsewhere. Currently, over 400 species in 92 genera are recorded from Canada and Alaska (Gouix and Klimaszewski 2007, Brunke et al. 2011). This subfamily is widely distributed in North America and occurs in almost all terrestrial habitats. Examples of some habitats in NL where aleocharines were abundant and diverse are shown in Figs. 476-487. Most species are found in forests where they occur in leaf litter, under bark, in fungi, in moss and within the nests of ants, mammals and birds. In forest litter, fauna of aleocharines are part of a complex ecological web, including other arthropods, bacteria and fungi, that is responsible for nutrient cycling, which ultimately contributes to forest productivity and resilience.
This contribution represents the first comprehensive survey of the aleocharinae fauna of NL. The information and identification tools contained herein will make it possible to incorporate this diverse subfamily into future biodiversity research.
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