Marc Van Kerckvoorde's research while affiliated with Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences and other places

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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 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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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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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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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...
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103 species of spiders were collected during 3 years continuous sampling with pitfall traps of 2 heathland patches in Nature Reserve Zevenkerken southwest of Bruges. Several rare and interesting species were discovered and discussed. Besides a large amount of species characteristic for forest and shrubs also an important part of the spider fauna in...
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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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Asilidae were collected during 3 consecutive years in 4 restored heathland patches west of Bruges. In total 9 species were collected. The surprisingly rich Asilidae fauna found in these rather young heathlands in the northwest of Belgium is discussed and compared with other Asilidae communities elsewhere in Flanders. Comments are given on the diffe...
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Recent European records of the rare carabid beetle Dyschirius semistriatus (Dejean, 1825) are presented for France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Spain. Additionally an overview of its distribution in Europe and Northern Africa is given, as well as details on phenology, ecology and habitat preference.
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131 species of spiders were collected during a year-round sampling with pitfall traps of 8 heathland patches west of Bruges. One species, Ozyptila westringi, was recorded for the first time in Belgium, 20 species are mentioned as threatened on the Red list of spiders of Flanders and one species is catalogued as critically endangered on that list: P...
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The increasing conversion of agricultural and natural areas to human-dominated urban landscapes is predicted to lead to a major decline in biodiversity worldwide. Two conditions that typically differ between urban environments and the surrounding landscape are increased temperature, and high patch isolation and habitat turnover rates. However, the...
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Atelura formicaria Heyden, 1855 (Zygentoma, Nicoletiidae) is a silverfish which lives permanently in ant nests. Despite being recorded and well established in central Europe, it was unknown for Belgium. Here we report the first record of this species in Belgium with some notes on its biology. Samenvatting Atelura formicaria Heyden, 1855 (Zygentoma,...
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Atelura formicaria Heyden, 1855 (Zygentoma, Nicoletiidae) is a silverfish which lives permanently in ant nests. Despite being recorded and well established in central Europe, it was unknown for Belgium. Here we report the first record of this species in Belgium with some notes on its biology. Samenvatting Atelura formicaria Heyden, 1855 (Zygentoma,...
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We mention the rediscovery of the very rare carabid beetle Pogonus luridipennis (Germar, 1822) in the IJzer Estuary in Nieuwpoort in the spring of 2007. Samenvatting We vermelden de herontdekking van de zeer zeldzame loopkeversoort Pogonus luridipennis (Germar, 1822) in het IJzer estuarium te Nieuwpoort in de lente van 2007. Résumé Nous mentionnons...

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... Myrmecophiles obligately living in the nest of these ants are only sporadically reported outside the host nest [10,[36][37][38][39][40]59] and are typically collected by opening the nest. Red wood ant (RWA) myrmecophiles of this study have been occasionally recorded outside the nest using pitfalls or hand capture: T. angulata [38,60], T. biovatus [61][62][63], P. hoffmannseggii [64,65], N. flavipes [66,67], S. aterrimus: [67], A. talpa [67], Q. brevis [66], M. paykulli [68], [69]). The large number of records outside the nest, and including all members of the studied community, here is therefore unexpected and very novel. ...
... Die eerste twee Rode-Lijstsoorten van droge schrale graslanden(DESENDER et al., 2008) komen momenteel enkel hier voor in het Brugse. Ook in enkele andere Brugse heidegebieden komen momenteel soorten voor die voor Vlaanderen zeer zeldzaam zijn zoals Dyschirius semistriatus(DEKONINCK et al., 2018b) en Anisodactylus nemorivagus(DEKONINCK et al., 2019e). In de Brugse heidegebieden komt een soort duizendpoot voor die niet wordt gevonden in de heidegebieden elders in Vlaanderen(LOCK et al., 2017). ...
... In de site werden meerdere exemplaren van de zeldzame bijensoort Lasioglossum majus, de Grote bandgroefbij gevonden (pers. Med. A. Pauly), werd de Sneeuwvlo Boreus hyemalis ontdekt (DEKONINCK et al., 2015), werd een nieuwe soort duizendpoot voor België ontdekt: Geophilus easoni Arthur et al., 2011(LOCK et al., 2017 en kwam een interessante roofvliegenfauna voor (DEKONINCK et al., 2018b). We presenteren hier de resultaten van de spinnen ingezameld gedurende 3 jaar bemonstering in het reservaat Zevenkerken in twee sites, nl site ZP, een oud stuk heide met een in de winter van 2013-2014 afgegraven poel ter hoogte van de parking voor het reservaat aan de Diksmuidse Heerweg, en site ZK, een stuk verboste heide dat werd afgegraven in de winter van 2013-2014 tijdens een LIFE-project. ...
... Tijdens de periode 2014-2018 werden ten westen van Brugge meer dan 30 sites, gedomineerd door Rode dopheidevegetatie, bemonsterd met bodemvallen en werden heel wat soorten spinnen gevonden (zie o.a. DEKONINCK et al., 2018a;2019a;b;. Uit die eerste spinneninventaris in deze heidegebieden bleek dat er vooral soorten van droge schrale graslanden, duin en heide werden gevonden. Opvallend was dat niettegenstaande de meeste van deze heidegebieden in een mozaïek van bosbestanden liggen, er relatief weinig spinnensoorten karakteristiek voor bossen werden gevonden. ...
... Urbanization is one of the main components of global environmental change (Forman, 2014;Gaston, 2013;Grimm et al., 2008;Piano et al., 2017). Transformation or complete replacement of natural habitats by urban structures is a ubiquitous phenomenon in coastal environments, causing major changes in biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in both terrestrial and marine ecosystems (Alberti & Marzluff, 2004;Bulleri & Chapman, 2010;Firth et al., 2016;Forman, 2014;Gaston, 2013;Pickett & Zhou, 2015). ...
... Platyarthrus hoffmannseggii) and armoured tanks (Histeridae). It is believed that these body forms protects the symbionts from host attacks (Parmentier et al. 2013). It is a very agile insect with a typical teardrop shape. ...