Habitat preferences of Boros schneideri (Coleoptera: Boridae) in the natural tree stands of the Białowieża Forest

J Insect Sci. 2014 Jan 1:14:276. doi: 10.1093/jisesa/ieu138. Print 2014.


We analyzed habitat requirements of Boros schneideri (Panzer, 1796) (Coleoptera: Boridae) in the natural forests of the continental biogeographical region, using data collected in the Białowieża Forest. This species has been found on the six host trees, but it preferred dead, standing pine trees, characterized by large diameter, moderately moist and moist phloem but avoided trees in sunny locations. It occurred mostly in mesic and wet coniferous forests. This species demonstrated preferences for old tree stands (over 140-yr old), and its occurrence in younger tree-stand age classes (minimum 31-40-yr old) was not significantly different from random distribution. B. schneideri occupied more frequently locations distant from the forest edge, which were less affected by logging. Considering habitat requirements, character of occurrence, and decreasing number of occupied locations in the whole range of distribution, this species can be treated as relict of primeval forests.

Keywords: Białowieża Primeval Forest; Boros schneideri; habitat requirement; natural forest; saproxylic beetle.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Coleoptera / growth & development
  • Coleoptera / physiology*
  • Ecosystem*
  • Forests*
  • Larva / physiology
  • Poland
  • Pupa / physiology
  • Trees / growth & development