The endangered American burying beetle, Nicrophorus americanus Olivier, at the edge of its range in Arkansas (Coleoptera: Silphidae)
Surveys conducted during 1992-1996 on the Cold Springs Ranger District of the Ouachita National Forest in west-central Arkansas resulted in the capture of 73 American burying beetles (ABB). Most ABB-positive traplines were concentrated along the northern boundary of the district. No ABBs were found in the southern one-half of the study area, and surveys south of the area in Arkansas have been ABB-negative. Trapping success within the ABB-inhabited area of the district was approximately 0.02 ABB/trap-night during studies conducted in 1994 and 1996, a figure that may represent a minimum viable population density for the species. Trapping success figures from elsewhere in the region are compared, and the known distribution of the ABB in Oklahoma and Arkansas is discussed.
Publication Source (Journal or Book title)
Carlton, C., & Rothwein, F. (1998). The endangered American burying beetle, Nicrophorus americanus Olivier, at the edge of its range in Arkansas (Coleoptera: Silphidae). Coleopterists Bulletin, 52 (2), 179-185. Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.lsu.edu/entomology_pubs/76