|Coleoptera from maritime habitats|
Haghebaert, G. (1988). Coleoptera from maritime habitats, in: Wouters, K. et al. (Ed.) Symposium Invertebraten van België, samenvattingen, 25-26 nov. 1988. pp. 46
In: Wouters, K.; Baert, L. (Ed.) (1988). Symposium Invertebraten van België, samenvattingen, 25-26 nov. 1988. KBIN: Brussel. 106 pp., more
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Coleoptera occupy three rather distinct seashore habitats: the intertidal zone, sandy beaches and salt-mudflats. In our fauna, about 75 species are coastdwellers. More than 50% belongs to the Carabidae and Staphylinidae of which the last is predominant. The species are after ecological factors classified in three major groups: halobiontic, halophilous and haloxene species. Most typical coastbeetles are found beneath wrack and algae, a small group is carnivorous and phytophagous, and only one species is known to be parasitic. Most of the species are very local or rare and only a few can be recognized as common. Notes on their biology and chorology are given in this contribution.