Sighting

Nick Porch 9 Mar 2016

Chasoke (Staphylinidae: Pselaphine) takeoff

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Sighted 6 Mar 2016
Mount Donna Buang, below summit, VIC, Australia

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  • Nick Porch 9 March 2016
    Chasoke victoriae
    (species)
    Taxonomy: Animalia: Arthropoda: Insecta: Coleoptera: Staphylinidae: Chasoke: victoriae
    Common Names: Beetles, Staphylinids, rove beetles
    Nick Porch says

    Chasoke is a great, big-eyed, pselaphine about 2-2.5 mm long. The genus is monotypic with a single described species, C. victoriae, recorded from relatively few sites in the mountains and foothills of Victoria (exclusively if my memory serves me well) in wet forest. I've seen it in the Dandenongs, Donna Buang, Mt. Buffalo, and south of Powelltown for example. Although many genera of pselaphinae are flightless, it always amazes me when I see one that can fly - better still see them do it. How do those wings fit under the little tiny elytra. Amazing.

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