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Revista de la Sociedad Entomológica Argentina

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MEGNA, Yoandri S.  and  DELER, Albert. Taxonomic composition, distribution and bionomics of the family Noteridae (Coleoptera: Adephaga) in Cuba. Rev. Soc. Entomol. Argent. [online]. 2006, vol.65, n.1-2, pp.69-80. ISSN 0373-5680.

The present work deals with the taxonomic composition, distribution, and bionomics of noterids from Cuba . Our research is based both on local and regional references on this family found in the literature, and on the identification of specimens collected from several localities of the country. We present a taxonomical list and a key to identify the species occurring in Cuba , along with their distribution regarding phytogeographic districts, and bionomical information. In Cuba , the family Noteridae is composed of five genera ( Hydrocanthus Say, Mesonoterus Sharp, Suphis Aubé , Suphisellus Crotch, and Notomicrus Sharp) and 10 species, of which Suphisellus tenuicornis (Chevrolat) is endemic, and Hydrocanthus advena Sharp needs confirmation. According to the present study, noterids are recorded from 11 (28,2%) of an overall of 39 phytogeographic districts established. The Planicie Centro-Occidental district (Nº 15) shows the highest richness, with 8 species recorded so far. The most widely distributed species is Notomicrus sharpi J. Balfour-Browne, which has been reported for 6 (15,4%) districts. Bionomical data show that noterids have preferences for freshwater habitats, mostly permanent and lentic ones, located in lowlands with a high exposure to sun, turbid waters, and abundant aquatic vegetation.

Keywords : Noteridae; Aquatic beetles; Bionomics; Cuba.

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