The ecology of the marine rove beetle, Bryothinusa spp. (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) in Hong Kong

Ming Hung WONG, T. D. CHAN

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Abstract

Bryothinusa spp. are common marine insect in Hong Kong. They occur in the intertidal zone of sandy shores between 0.6 and 1.2 m tide level. They emerge when the tide recedes, possibly to mate and feed, then burrow again at the advance of the incoming tide.Bryothinusa has a special respiratory apparatus for long submersions and therefore is able to inhabit the changeable intertidal zone where the competition with other living organisms is comparatively low. Copyright © 1977 Dr. W. Junk b. v. Publishers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-256
JournalHydrobiologia
Volume53
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1977

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marine science
Staphylinidae
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Coleoptera
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intertidal environment
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Bibliographical note

Wong, M. H., & Chan, T. D. (1977). The ecology of the marine rove beetle, Bryothinusa spp. (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae) in Hong Kong. Hydrobiologia, 53(3), 253-256. doi: 10.1007/BF00818547

Keywords

  • Marine rove beetles
  • Intertidal zone
  • Plastron respiration