Range shift of Oxythyrea funesta Poda, 1761 (Coleoptera, Cetoniidae) in Belgium

Arno Thomaes, Jean-Luc Renneson, Alain Drumont, Chantal Deschepper

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    This paper gives a detailed overview of the distribution data of Oxythyrea funesta Poda 1761 in

    Belgium and his temporal rang shifts. The species was common till around the middle of previous

    century. Between 1950 and 1999, its distribution was retracted to the calcareous regions in the south

    of Belgium. Finally, in the last two decades the species is again clearly expanding. Only at Den

    Battelaer (Mechelen) it is clear that the species has re-established. We evaluate several hypothesis

    for this historic and current range shift and conclude that the retraction and recolonisation are most

    likely explained by a pathogen or a pollutant. Possibly the species has recolonized a large part of

    Northern Europe starting from the Czech Republic. Other factors, like transport of flowers and soil

    and global warming, might also have contributed to the European range shift.
    Translated title of the contributionVerandering in de verspreiding van Oxythyrea funesta Poda, 1761 (Coleoptera, Cetoniidae) in België
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)187-195
    Number of pages16
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Thematic list

    • Insects
    • Species protection plan

    EWI Biomedical sciences

    • B320-zoogeography

    Taxonomic list

    • flower chafers(Cetoniidae)

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