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  • Herman Teirlinckgebouw, Havenlaan 88 bus 73

    1000 Brussel



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Research expertise

Arno Thomaes studies the forest habitat types and saproxylic beetles of the Habitats directive. The research concerning the forest habitat types includes the classification, status assessment, distribution, management and threats. Concerning the saproxylic beetles, the focal species are the European stag beetle (Lucanus cervus), cinnabar flat bark beetle (Cucujus cinnaberinus) and hermit beetle (Osmoderma eremita) and the research covers distribution, population structure, threats and protection, status assessment, ecology, monitoring, genetics, dispersal, morphometrics and many other aspects. Besides this, the research also covers other beetles as well as the development of new monitoring techniques including the use of detection dogs. 

External positions

Editor of Belgian Journal of Entomology and Bulletin SRBE/KBVE , Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Entomologie

1-Jan-2015 → …

Thematic list

  • Forest management
  • Species protection plan
  • Natura 2000 and conservation objectives
  • Red lists
  • Species recovery programs
  • Insects
  • Valley- and marshwoods
  • Oak- and beechwoods


  • woodland protection
  • Natura 2000
  • species directed nature management

Taxonomic list

  • beetles (Coleoptera)
  • dung beetles and chafers (Scaraboidea)
  • stag beetles (Lucanidae)
  • flower chafers(Cetoniidae)
  • longhorn beetles (Cerambycidae)
  • click beetles (Elateridae)
  • jewel beetles (Buprestidae)
  • xylobiont beetles
  • mammals (Mammalia)
  • bats (Chiroptera)

Geographic list

  • Atlantic Flanders
  • Atlantic region (inc. Flanders)
  • Belgium
  • Europe

EWI Biomedical sciences

  • B270-plant-ecology
  • B280-animal-ecology
  • B320-zoogeography
  • B430-sylviculture


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