Journal of Insect Conservation

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 23–31 | Cite as

Occurrence of Larca lata H.J. Hansen (Pseudoscorpionida: Garypidae) and Allochernes wideri C.L. Koch (Pseudoscorpionida: Chernetidae) in tree hollows in relation to habitat quality and density

  • T. Ranius
  • P. Wilander


Many beetles associated with old trees are on national red lists, but pseudoscorpions living in similar habitats have received little attention. This study reports the habitat and occurrence patterns of two species of pseudoscorpions living in hollow trees. Their occurrence has been assessed by sieving wood mould from 274 oaks in southeastern Sweden and from museum specimens collected in Sweden. Larca lata is confined to hollow oaks with a large girth and a plentiful supply of wood mould. Allochernes wideri is much less particular about wood mould volume, trunk diameter and tree species. Larca lata inhabits hollow trunks with characteristics that are typical of very old trees, whereas A. wideri predominantly occurs in trunks in an earlier stage of hollow formation. Larca lata was almost exclusively found in larger assemblages of hollow oaks, which suggests long-term survival may be difficult when the network of suitable hollow trees is too sparse. Larca lata is a rare species in Europe and probably vulnerable to extinction, since it is dependent on a habitat which has declined severely in the last few centuries.

Allochernes wideri conservation hollow tree Larca lata pseudoscorpion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Ranius
    • 1
  • P. Wilander
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyLund UniversityLundSweden
  2. 2.Department of ZoologyLund UniversityLundSweden

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