Wouter Dekoninck

Wouter Dekoninck
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences · Scientific Service Heritage, Department Entomology

PhD

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Introduction
Wouter Dekoninck currently works at the Scientific Service Heritage, Department Entomology, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences as curator of the entomological collections. His main research topics are in myrmecology, carabidology, insect diversity and involvement of Citizen Science collaborators into the management of the collections.
Additional affiliations
April 1999 - present
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Position
  • Curator Entomology Collections
April 1999 - September 2000
Ghent University
Position
  • Scientific collaborator
Description
  • Site Quality assessment studies
April 1999 - December 2016
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Position
  • Curator Entomology Collections

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Publications (222)
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Mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) distribution data from a recent inventory of native and invading mosquito species in Belgium were compared with historical data from the period 1900-1960 that were retrieved from a revision of the Belgian Culicidae collection at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. Both data sets were used to investigate tr...
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Citation: Dekoninck W, Maebe K, Breyne P, Frederik Hendrickx F (2014) Polygyny and strong genetic structuring within an isolated population of the wood ant Formica rufa. Abstract Social structuring of populations within some Formica species exhibits considerable variation going from monodomous and monogynous populations to polydomous, polygynous po...
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The number of colonies of red wood ants (Formica rufa group) in the north western part of Belgium has declined by more than half over the past 20 years. In the study area of 20 × 50 km there are currently only 36 colonies of two species of red wood ants (Formica rufa and F. polyctena). Both species form both monodomous and polydomous colonies. Mono...
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For the majority of native species, human-created habitats provide a hostile environment that prevents their colonization. However, if the conditions encountered in this novel environment are part of the fundamental niche of a particular species, these low competitive environments may allow strong population expansion of even rare and stenotopic sp...
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The objective of the article is to evaluate a new method of sampling tree ants, the "funnel trap". Indeed, ants constitute an important part of arboreal arthropod biomass in rainforests. Nevertheless, there are only a few methods which permit a rapid assessment of these insects in the canopy layer. This study aims at evaluating the efficiency of a...
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We present various predation records based on museum-preserved snakes from southeastern Republic of Guinea, West Africa: Aparallactus niger (Atractaspididae) on an earthworm (Oligochaeta); Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia (Colubridae) on Sclerophrys sp. (Anura; Bufonidae); Grayia smithii (Colubridae) and Natriciteres variegata (Natricidae) on Arthroleptis...
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This survey reports on the DNA identification and occurrence of Culex torrentium and Cx. pipiens s.s. in Belgium. These native disease-vector mosquito species are morphologically difficult to separate, and the biotypes of Cx. pipiens s.s. are morphologically indistinguishable. Culex torrentium and Cx. pipiens s.s. were identified using the COI and...
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Invasive mosquito species (IMS) and their associated mosquito-borne diseases are emerging in Europe. In Belgium, the first detection of Aedes albopictus (Skuse 1894) occurred in 2000 and of Aedes japonicus japonicus (Theobald 1901) in 2002. Early detection and control of these IMS at points of entry (PoEs) are of paramount importance to slow down a...
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Les principes et conventions concernant la récolte, la mise à mort, le traitement, la préparation et le classement des insectes en collection sont abordés dans cette note. Une attention particulière pour l'étiquetage des insectes ainsi que des éléments s'y rapportant sont rappelés dans le but d'harmoniser les pratiques et de corriger les dérives ob...
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This study aimed to assess the influence of bees' floral preference on cashew agronomics performances in Côte d'Ivoire. Therefore, a sampling design with a total of 40 cashew trees preferred by bees and 40 trees that were not preferred by bees was established in 4 main producing regions. In addition, bees' foragers and agronomics performances of tr...
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The MODIRISK project studied mosquito biodiversity and monitored and predicted biodiversity changes, to actively prepare to address issues of biodiversity change, especially invasive species and new pathogen risks. This work is essential given continuing global changes that may create suitable conditions for invasive species spread and the (re-)eme...
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‘MEMO: Monitoring of Exotic MOsquitoes in Belgium’ is a sampling event dataset published by the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp, Belgium. It forms part of the early detection of exotic mosquito species (EMS) along high-risk introduction routes in Belgium, where data are collected at defined points of entry (PoEs) using a standardise...
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Red wood ants (RWA) are a group of keystone species widespread in temperate and boreal forests of the Northern Hemisphere. Despite this, there is increasing evidence of local declines and extinctions. Here, we give an overview of the current protection status of RWA throughout Europe and review their IUCN threat classification. Only some RWA specie...
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This survey reports on the DNA identification and occurrence of Culex torrentium and Cx. pipiens s.s. in Belgium. These native disease vector mosquito species are morphologically difficult to separate and the biotypes of Cx. pipiens s.s. are morphologically indistinguishable. Culex torrentium and Cx. pipiens s.s. were identified using the COI and A...
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A box with Ichneumonidae collected by the Belgian entomologist Adolphe Crèvecoeur was thoroughly analysed. One hundred and nine specimens from a total of 127 (85%) are identified to species level. Sixty three species are reported, with 12 being new for the Belgian fauna. Rearing records of Bathyplectes cingulatus (Brischke, 1880), Lathrolestes macr...
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The collection of Philippe Fastré at RBINS includes 400 drawers, 37.000 specimens and approximately 2.000 species of lepidopterans (Insecta). The majority of species in this collection are Erebidae and Noctuidae from Central and South Asia. To help make this information available we digitized the type material of this collection. Out of the 400 dra...
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Background: Invasive mosquito species (IMS) and their associated mosquito-borne diseases are emerging in Europe. In Belgium, the first detection of Aedes albopictus occurred in 2000 and of Aedes japonicus in 2002. Early detection and control of these IMS at points of entry (PoE’s) are of paramount importance to slow down any possible establishment....
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Aedes koreicus is a proven pathogen-vector in the laboratory, and was, therefore, included in the Belgian exotic mosquito monitoring since its detection in 2008 at an industrial area in Maasmechelen (MM). At and around MM, Ae. koreicus was monitored longitudinally or cross-sectionally between 2012 and 2019. To follow-up its dispersal, a nearby indu...
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Aedes japonicus has established in many European countries. Our study had two objectives: (1) investigate the origin of new introductions in eastern Belgium; and (2) verify the origin of specimens that were recently recorded at Natoye, while the species was declared eliminated after control campaigns. To this end, genotypic variation at 7 microsate...
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Contemporary forest management strives to satisfy contrasting demands on forest ecosystems by promoting multiple ecosystem services. These services are affected in varied manners by alternative management actions operating at local or landscape scales, potentially leading to trade‐offs and synergies that may impede or encourage forest managers to c...
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Ants are widely regarded as ecosystem engineers because of their effect on soil structure and on the flow of energy. However, little is known about their influence on the carbon flux in tropical humid savannah. Recent investigations in a humid savannah ecosystem in Lamto showed that ant nests’ association with perennial grasses enhances their growt...
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Recently, human activities have impacted biodiversity-rich forest in western Rwanda, creating a need to enhance restoration activities of degraded lands in the region. To evaluate the effects of reforestation activities on the community composition of soil-litter ants, research was conducted in Gishwati tropical montane forest, located in northern-...
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Culiseta (Allotheobaldia) longiareolata (Macquart) (Diptera: Culicidae) is an ornithophilic mosquito species that occurs in the southern Palaearctic Region from the Azores to Central Asia, the Ethiopian Region, India, and Pakistan. Although it has a widespread distribution range, the species was only recently reported in Western and Central Europe....
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In spite of the low agronomic performances of Ivorian cashew orchards, Côte d'Ivoire recently became the first worldwide producer and exporter of raw cashew nuts. To maintain this ringleader position, several factors should be understood including the ecological factors supporting this success. Pollination service due to bees was recognized to impa...
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In spite of the low agronomic performances of Ivorian cashew orchards, Côte d'Ivoire recently became the first worldwide producer and exporter of raw cashew nuts. To maintain this ringleader position, several factors should be understood including the ecological factors supporting this success. Pollination service due to bees was recognized to impa...
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Alle Taxa Biodiversiteit Inventarisatie en 30 jaar natuurbeheer
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The present study aimed at identifying the members of the Anopheles maculipennis complex (Diptera: Culicidae) occurring in Belgium. Therefore, the second internal transcribed spacer of nuclear ribosomal DNA (ITS2) and the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit I (COI) loci were sequenced in 175 and 111 specimens, respectively, collected between 2...
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Soil-litter arthropods are critical for ecosystem functioning and sensitive to land use change, and hence to the variations in soil physicochemical properties. The relationships between soil-litter arthropod communities and soil physicochemical properties, however, remain poorly studied in Rwanda. We explored the relationships between the families...
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Whereas bait and pitfall trappings are two of the most commonly used techniques for sampling ant assemblages, they have not been properly compared in temperate open habitats. In this study, taking advantage of a large-scale project of heathland restoration (three sites along the French Atlantic Coast forming a north-south gradient), we evaluated th...
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Background Aedes japonicus japonicus has expanded beyond its native range and has established in multiple European countries, including Belgium. In addition to the population located at Natoye, Belgium, locally established since 2002, specimens were recently collected along the Belgian border. The first objective of this study was therefore to inve...
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A thorough knowledge of the presence and spatio-temporal distribution patterns of vector species are pivotal to assess the risk of mosquito-borne diseases in Europe. In 2018, a Culex larva was collected during routine monitoring activities to intercept exotic Aedes mosquito species in the port of Antwerp (Kallo, Belgium). The larva, collected from...
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The flat-footed fly Paraplatypeza bicincta (Szilady, 1941) is reported for the first time from Belgium. Details on the localities and ecology are given. Résumé Paraplatypeza bicincta (Szilady, 1941), une « mouche aux pieds plats », est mentionnée pour la première fois en Belgique. Les caractéristiques des localités et écologiques sont données. Same...
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We report new records of the very rare and endangered European Amazon ant, Polyergus rufescens (Latreille, 1798) in the Province of Limburg, Belgium in the summer of 2020. During a large-scale invertebrate survey in large heathland patches in Zonhoven and Houthalen workers and queens were collected with pitfall traps and observed at the site. The i...
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Two records from Ropalodontus novorossicus Reitter, 1901, a Ciidae species new for Belgium are reported. The specimens were collected in September 2018 in Gosselies and in September 2020 in Aalst. Species biology and details of the localities are discussed.
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In the course of the Belgian Silphidae Project, four specimens of Silpha tyrolensis Laicharting, 1781 were encountered when studying the unidentified Silphidae in the entomological collection of the Haute École Provinciale de Hainaut-Condorcet in Ath. These are the first records of this species for Belgium and are from the period 1990-2010. Subsequ...
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Ants constitute an important part of arboreal arthropod biomass in rainforests. Nevertheless, there are only a few methods which permit a rapid assessment of these insects in the canopy layer. This study aims at evaluating the efficiency of a new variant type of pitfall trap i.e. “the funnel trap”, to sample arboreal ants in a secondary and gallery...
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Communities across trophic levels, and the functional roles they play, are vital for the sustained provision of ecosystem services. In forest systems, diversification of overstorey composition has been shown to be a key driver of biodiversity, but its influence on across‐trophic level relationships remains scarcely known. Species across trophic lev...
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Whereas bait and pitfall trappings are two of the most commonly used techniques for sampling ant assemblages, they have not been properly compared in temperate open habitats. In this study, taking advantage of a large-scale project of heathland restoration (3 sites along the French Atlantic Coast forming a north-south gradient), we evaluated the re...
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A lectotype (male) and paralectotypes (male, female) of Pneumia vittata (Tonnoir, 1919) comb. nov. (= Pericoma crispi Freeman, 1953 syn. nov.) from Belgium are designated. The species is redescribed and illustrated, and a diff erential diagnosis is given. The former designation of a holotype, paratypes and paratypoids by Jung is invalid because it...
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In September 2020 a specimen of the Corylophidae Arthrolips fasciata (Erichson, 1842) was discovered in mushrooms on decaying beech in a garden in Sint-Denijs-Westrem. In October 2020 a second specimen of this species was discovered in Beisbroek Sint-Andries Bruges also on decaying beech. These are the first records of the species in Belgium. Hence...
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We present a list of five species of Asilidae collected in February-March 2018 near Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Three species are new for science and are described here: Pegesimallus uhuruensis sp. nov., Ommatius uhuruensis sp. nov. and Oligopogon kilimanjaroensis sp. nov. Moreover, the species Machimus ugandiensis Ricardo, 1919 was recorded for t...
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We present the first comprehensive review of the ant taxa of the Galápagos archipelago. The review is based on data gathered during literature searches, field surveys, and the revision of museum specimens, and includes information on the distribution, habitat, and ecology of 47 species. At least nine of these species are assumed to be native or end...
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Between 1993 and 2018 a management to encourage development towards heathland and oligotrophic dry grasslands in Nature Reserve Schobbejakshoogte east of Bruges was carried out. In eutrophic grassland, not managed dunes, heathlands and forest, a continuously and alternatively grazing management deforestation and cutting sods resulted in a mosaic of...
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In nature reserve Vorsdonkbos-Turfputten (Aarschot, Belgium) gynes of the very rare and parasitic ant species Myrmica karavajevi (Arnoldi, 1930) were discovered during two consecutive years, suggesting the presence of a M. karavajevi population in the area. In 2018 a gyne was collected with pitfall traps and in 2019 a gyne was collected in the nest...
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In this paper we give an overview of the legislation that regulates the collecting activities of entomologists in Belgium. The rules are in general quite similar between the three regions but there are some minor differences. We clarify that protected species are not impossible to study in contrast to what is often believed. But the research needs...
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We present records of seven new carabid species for Belgium as well as new records of 67 rare carabid species collected or identified in Belgium mainly during the period 2008-2018. Detailed information about these records is discussed in relation to previously available distributional or taxonomic knowledge. These recent records improve the general...
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Ants and termites are used as bioindicators in many ecosystems. Little knowledge is available about them in Togo, especially ants. This study aimed to find out how ants and termites could be used to assess the restoration of former agricultural land. These insect groups were sampled within six transects of 50 x 2m2 (using pitfall traps, monoliths,...
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A checklist of the species of leaf beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) of El Salvador is presented based on data from literature and a digitization project of the Bechyné collection of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS). The RBINS collections contain a total of 2797 individual chrysomelid specimens from El Salvador, sorted into...
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en We investigated the ant community structure in cocoa farms in the Centre Region of Cameroon. Ants were collected on the cocoa trees during the years 2006 and 2007 using chemical knock‐down. We tested the hypothesis of the existence of deterministic factor in the structuration of ant mosaic using C‐Score; we assessed the relationship between the...
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We report the first observation of the invasive longhorn crazy ant (Paratrechina longicornis) in the Mount Elgon region of eastern Uganda. About 43 000 ants were sampled in 256 locations throughout the Ugandan foot slopes of Mt. Elgon in the years 2014, 2015 and 2016. We found P. longicornis in five locations in and around the town of Budadiri, Sir...
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Ants as a diverse and dominant biological group have received substantial attention from different fields of biology. This situation has led to the refinement of the methods of collection, preservation and maintenance of the material collected during a study. In this chapter, we discuss in detail each of the methodologies used to collect ants, whic...
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Red Lists estimate the extinction risk of species at global or regional levels and areimportant instruments in conservation policies. Global Red List assessments are readilyavailable via the IUCN website (https://www.iucnredlist.org) and are regularly updated by(taxonomic) experts. Regional Red Lists, however, are not always easy to find and oftenu...
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Hormigas invasoras pueden causar serios problemas cuando se trasladan exitosamente en nuevos ambientes donde se pueden expandir dramáticamente. Cada invasión implica cuatro etapas esenciales: transporte, introducción, establecimiento y expansión. Frecuentemente las tres primeras etapas permanecen inadvertidas y la especie invasora sólo se reconoce...
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During the period April 2016 to April 2017 four heathland patches in Ter Heyde (Sint-Andries, Brugge) were sampled with 12 pitfall traps in total. Erica cinerea, Calluna vulgaris, Erica tetralix and Molinia caerulea are the dominant plant species at the sampled sites. The reserve is situated between a forest of Pinus nigra var. corsicana on one sid...
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105 species of spiders were collected during a year-round sampling with pitfall traps of 3 heathland patches in Provinciedomein Tillegembos south of Bruges. Several rare and interesting species were discovered and discussed. An important part of the spider fauna in these heathlands consists of species characteristic for dry, oligotrophic grasslands...