A review of geographical distribution of the stag beetles in Mediterranean countries (Coleoptera: Lucanidae)

  • Luca Bartolozzi | luca.bartolozzi@unifi.it Museo di Storia Naturale, Sezione di Zoologia, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy.
  • Margherita Norbiato Museo di Storia Naturale, Sezione di Zoologia, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy.
  • Fabio Cianferoni Museo di Storia Naturale, Sezione di Zoologia, Università degli Studi di Firenze; Istituto di Biologia Agroambientale e Forestale, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR-IBAF), Roma, Italy.

Abstract

A list of recent records of stag beetles (Coleoptera Lucanidae) species occurring in Mediterranean countries is given to improve the current knowledge on their geographic distribution. The saproxylic larvae of the stag beetles are very important for forest ecosystems, and some lucanid species are included in the IUCN Red List and in several national protection lists. However, the knowledge on their distribution is rather heterogeneous for several countries and taxa because the distribution records are scattered in poorly known papers or hidden in Museum or private collections. This paper is an attempt to better understanding the distribution of the stag beetle species across the Mediterranean region, to facilitate research and conservation efforts.

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2016-12-31
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Mediterranean Region, biogeography, biodiversity conservation, saproxylic beetles, forest ecosystems
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Bartolozzi, L., Norbiato, M., & Cianferoni, F. (2016). A review of geographical distribution of the stag beetles in Mediterranean countries (Coleoptera: Lucanidae). Fragmenta Entomologica, 48(2), 153-168. https://doi.org/10.4081/fe.2016.182