Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington (Bull Biol Soc Wash)

Publisher: Biological Society of Washington

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Other titles Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington (Online), Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington
ISSN 0097-0298
OCLC 80991912
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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  • Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington 09/2009; 17(1):20-23. DOI:10.2988/0097-0298-17.1.20
  • Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington 09/2009; 17(1):8-18. DOI:10.2988/0097-0298-17.1.8
  • Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington 01/2009; DOI:10.2988/0097-0298(2008)16[1:SAPIPI]2.0.CO;2
  • Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington 05/2008; 15(1):49-51. DOI:10.2988/0097-0298(2008)15[49:BDOPIM]2.0.CO;2
  • Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington 05/2008; 15(1):41-43. DOI:10.2988/0097-0298(2008)15[41:TTICIO]2.0.CO;2
  • Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington 05/2008; 15(1):31-40. DOI:10.2988/0097-0298(2008)15[31:TTGMGO]2.0.CO;2
  • Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington 05/2008; 15(1):52-53. DOI:10.2988/0097-0298(2008)15[52:PFPIMW]2.0.CO;2
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    ABSTRACT: Species occurrences of darkling beetles (Coleoptera: Tenebrion-idae) are listed for the historically collected locality of Plummers Island, Maryland, on the Potomac River just upstream from Washington, D.C. The list is compared to that of the currently known Maryland species, which includes a number of new state records and range extensions. Notes on some of these occurrences and the absence of certain species are discussed. Mary-land records from multiple sources now total 128 species of this family of insects. Plummers Island records, from the beginning of the 20th century to the present, include nearly 50% of the state's fauna, and an additional 25% of the state's tenebrionids are expected there. The fifth largest family of beetles, with approxi-mately 19,000 described species worldwide, Tene-brionidae are a dominant part of many insect faunas, from deserts to rainforests. Current classification in-cludes the former families Alleculidae and Lagriidae and a number of recent status and nomenclatural changes (Bouchard et al. 2005). Nearly 200 genera and 1200 species occur in North America (Aalbu et al. 2002). With a great diversity of body form and size in adult and larval stages, ''darkling beetles'' have become specialized in many substrates, includ-ing soil, sand, rotten wood, woody fungi, and nests of other animals (ants, bees, termites, mammals, birds); a few are pests of stored grain and dry food products, and some eat lichens and live green plants. Caves and buildings may be inhabited by species which feed on bat guano and other organic material. Most species in forested areas feed either on fungi or rotten wood, but some tree-hole specialists and soil surface and nest scavengers also are represented. Species of desert and dry scrub habitats generally are scavengers living on or in sandy soils under leaf litter. The rock outcrops, dry slopes, sand deposits, and mixed mesic forest habitats on Plummers Island offer a good variety of these habitats. Of value as ecologic and biodiversity indicators, most Tenebrionidae are rather specific in habitat ''preference'' and sensitive to habitat change, espe-cially the flightless species (Steiner 1999). A working checklist of Maryland species is presented here, in order to compare the state's diversity with that of the historically collected locality of Plummers Island. The successional history of the Island, with a review of the species records in 25-year intervals since 1901, are examined in this study. Notes and discussions on the occurrence or absence of certain taxa are given. Maryland has a great variety of habitats with dis-tinct faunal elements, including ocean beach and dunes, sandy scrub, shale and serpentine barrens, rock outcrops, low southern hardwoods, and conif-erous forests. Most of the tenebrionid species record-ed from the state are widespread over much of east-ern North America, but some are known to have bo-real distributions and occur in the higher elevations of the western counties, while others are restricted to the southern coastal plain, some reaching the north-ern limits of their range in Maryland.
    Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington 05/2008; 15(1). DOI:10.2988/0097-0298(2008)15[133:ACOTDB]2.0.CO;2
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    ABSTRACT: The published records of the fleas (Siphonaptera) known to occur on Plummers Island, Montgomery County, Maryland are reviewed. Peromyscopsylla scotti is reported for the first time, bringing the total number of species known from the Island to ten.
    Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington 04/2008; DOI:10.2988/0097-0298(2008)15[158:TFISOP]2.0.CO;2
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    ABSTRACT: The biota of Plummers Island, Maryland, the research home of the Washington Biologists' Field Club, has been the subject of countless biological investigations over the last 100 years. While the flora and vertebrate fauna are fairly well known, the invertebrate fauna remains poorly documented with the exception of several families of insects. This paper presents a brief description of the site, notes on land-use over the last 100 years, and comments on collecting and research activities focused on invertebrates. It also serves as an introduction for the contributions that constitute this volume—a collection of papers on various aspects of the invertebrate fauna.
    Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington 04/2008; DOI:10.2988/0097-0298(2008)15[1:TIFOPI]2.0.CO;2
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    ABSTRACT: Based on an examination of the collection of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., seven species of Silphidae (Coleoptera) were collected on Plummers Island, Maryland, from 1905 to 2004. This is 38.8% of the known silphid fauna of Maryland. The most commonly collected species is the habitat- and carrion-generalist Nicrophorus tomentosus Weber.
    Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington 04/2008; DOI:10.2988/0097-0298(2008)15[156:SOCBIC]2.0.CO;2
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    ABSTRACT: Five species of freshwater triclad planarians were found on Plummers Island and the adjacent mainland property, Montgomery County, Maryland. One species (Dugesia [G.] tigrina) occupying the Potomac River and a tributary, is tolerant of degraded habitat. The other four occupy vernal pools (Hymanella retenuova and Phagocata velata) or spring-seeps (Phagocata morgani and Paraplanaria dactyligera) and appear to be indicators of high quality aquatic habitat. These five species represent 36% of the total known Maryland fauna of 14 species.
    Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington 04/2008; DOI:10.2988/0097-0298(2008)15[11:FTPTFP]2.0.CO;2
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    ABSTRACT: Based on historical specimens in the collection of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 25 species of Coccinellidae (Coleoptera) were collected on Plummers Island between 1902 and 1960. This represents approximately 32% of the recorded fauna of Maryland. Neoharmonia venusta venusta (Melsheimer) was the most commonly collected species.
    Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington 04/2008; DOI:10.2988/0097-0298(2008)15[149:COLBIC]2.0.CO;2
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    ABSTRACT: Plummers Island, Maryland has been studied by naturalists for over 100 years. The bees collected on the Island and the immediately adjacent mainland represent six families, 41 genera, and 232 species. About 20% (47 species) are parasitic and do not collect pollen. Most bees are generalist (polylectic) foragers, but there are a few species that appear to visit only a few species or genera of plants (oligolectic foragers). Three exotic species are among the fauna, including the European honey bee (Apis mellifera L.). Based on historical specimens in the collection of the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution (USNM), and contemporary survey efforts, the number of bee species on the Island appears to have increased since the 1920s–1960s, and there is no evidence of local species extinction. It is possible that the use of Malaise and pan traps in addition to hand nets have increased collecting efficiency so that the increase in species richness is an artifact of collecting techniques rather than a biological phenomenon. Alternatively, increased species richness may reflect the resiliency of bees and an increase in available nesting sites as heavily shaded forests of the eastern United States have become open through deforestation and urbanization. While the vegetation of the Island has matured through natural succession, the surrounding Washington, D.C. metropolitan area has seen major urban, industrial, and infrastructure development and the resultant opening of forests, increasing bee habitat. Plummers Island is likely a refugium for surrounding bee populations.
    Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington 04/2008; DOI:10.2988/0097-0298(2008)15[168:ACOTBI]2.0.CO;2