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Ochthebius (s.str.) capicola (Coleoptera) re-discovered in the Cape Peninsula, South Africa

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Abstract:

New distributional records and ecological observations are presented for the Cape endemic hydraenid Ochthebius capicola. Considered extinct on the Cape Peninsula, the species has been re-discovered at two adjacent locations as well as at a new site in Tsitsikamma National Park, Eastern Cape. New species associations are recorded, in conjunction with observations confirming this species' preference for algae-covered rock surfaces in the hypersaline pools of the supralittoral zone. Provisional internationally-endangered status for this species was examined but considered dependent on future data. It was considered likely that the beetle may be insufficiently recorded, due to its atypical habitat requirement. A synopsis of the taxonomic status of this species and Ochthebius rubripes is given. Notes on both species are provided, as well as a record of sympatric occurrence.

Keywords: CAPE; COLEOPTERA; CONSERVATION; ENDEMIC; HYDRAENIDAE

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2004-08-01

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