A fast and reliable method for mark-recapture water beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) and other Arthropoda


A new procedure for mark-recapture of Coleoptera Dytiscidae was developed. It consists of marking one elytron directly in the field using a battery driven mini-drill for making a small scratch, followed by attachment of a small label with an alpha-numeric code printed on hydro-resistant paper. The results of a four-year long study on some Dytiscidae species living in a montane peat-bog are summarized and discussed. The application of the method to other taxa is also outlined



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Biografia autore

Massimo Meregalli, Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, University of Turin

Ricercatore presso il Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e Biologia dei Sistemi

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Parole chiave:
Mark-recapture methods, freshwater ecology, aquatic beetles, Arthropoda
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Cerrato, C., & Meregalli, M. (2020). A fast and reliable method for mark-recapture water beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) and other Arthropoda. Bollettino Della Società Entomologica Italiana, 152(2), 69-74. https://doi.org/10.4081/bollettinosei.2020.69