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Type: Book Chapter
Author(s): L. O. Wikars; S. Elewi
Editor(s): L. O. Wikars
Publication Date: 1997

The morphology of two types of paired deep depressions situated on the ventral side of the pterothorax of Henoticus serratus (Col., Cryptophagidae) were described. The shape of the depressions and surrounding setae indicate that they function as mycangia and that the legs are used to fill them with fungal material. Glandular secretions, together with fungal material, were found inside the larger mesosternal mycangia. Culturing of fungi from the pterothorax, and to a lesser degree from prothorax, yielded the soil-living pyrenomycete Trichoderma harzianum, whereas fungi on other body parts and from walking experiments yielded fungi characteristic of contaminated samples. H. serratus is an early colonizer of burned forests and dwells under the bark of fire-killed trees. The importance of mutual relations of beetles and fungi during early postfire successions is discussed.

Citation: Wikars, L. O., and S. Elewi. 1997. Mycangia of Henoticus serratus (Col., Cryptophagidae); their morphology and possible role in transmission of fungi to burned forest, in LO Wikars ed., Effects of forest fire and the ecology of fire-adapted insects. Uppsala, Sweden, Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology 272, p. art.

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  • arthropods
  • bark
  • Betula verrucosa
  • boreal forests
  • Cladosporium
  • community ecology
  • competition
  • ecosystem dynamics
  • fire dependent species
  • forest management
  • fungi
  • habits and behavior
  • hardwood forests
  • insect ecology
  • insects
  • invertebrates
  • Penicillium
  • physiology
  • post fire recovery
  • Scandinavia
  • soil organisms
  • succession
  • Sweden
  • trees
  • Trichoderma
  • Trichoderma hazianum
  • wildfires
  • wildlife food habits
Tall Timbers Record Number: 11282Location Status: Not in fileCall Number: QH 545.FS W54 1997Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission
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