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Potential Biodiversity Loss in Florida Bromeliad Phytotelmata Due to Metamasius callizona (Coleoptera: Dryophthoridae), an Invasive Species

J. H. Frank and D. Fish
The Florida Entomologist
Vol. 91, No. 1 (Mar., 2008), pp. 1-8
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20065919
Page Count: 8
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Potential Biodiversity Loss in Florida Bromeliad Phytotelmata Due to Metamasius callizona (Coleoptera: Dryophthoridae), an Invasive Species
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Abstract

An annotated list of the aquatic invertebrates inhabiting water impounded in the leaf axils of Florida's native epiphytic bromeliads is provided. Of the 22 species reported, 9 are yet undescribed. Of the 13 described species, 10 are believed to be native. Five of the native species and perhaps all of the undescribed species are precinctive ("endemic"). These invertebrate animals, and their bromeliad host plants are at risk of extinction due to destruction of the host plants by Metamasius callizona (Chevrolat) (Coleoptera: Dryophthoridae), an invasive weevil./// Se provee una lista anotada de los invertebrados acuáticos que viven en agua acumulada en las axilas de las hojas de bromeliáceas (Bromeliaceae) epifíticas nativas de Florida. De las 22 especies reportadas, nueve no han sido descritas. De las 13 especies descritas, 10 son aparentemente nativas. Cinco de las especies nativas y posiblemente todas las especies no descritas son precinctivas ("endémicas"). Estos invertebrados y sus hospederos están bajo riesgo de extinción por Metamasius callizona (Chevrolat) (Coleoptera: Dryophthoridae), un gorgojo invasivo.

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