Fleshy fungi of the genera Armillaria, Pleurotus, and Grifola as habitats of Coleoptera

Authors: Schigel, Dmitry S.
Journal: Karstenia, Volume 47 (2007), Issue 2, pages 37-48.
Doi: https://doi.org/10.29203/ka.2007.420
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Key words: Basidiomycota, Coleoptera, decay, ecology, Finland, fungivory

Abstract: The paper deals with adult beetles attracted by wood-rotting agarics of the genera Armillaria and Pleurotus, plus those collected on the oak-decaying polypore Grifola frondosa. The interrelations of 14 species (110 samples) of fungi and 78 species (1691 individuals) of beetles are discussed. More close relationships, such as fungivory of larvae of Coleoptera are also treated. In southern Finland larvae of Cychramus (in Armillaria) and Triplax (in Pleurotus) are able to utilize fleshy wood-rotting fungi. The majority of beetles were recorded as adults, including 52 (67%) species of Staphylinidae.