Species Details

Dytiscus alaskanus

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Common NameBoreal water beetle SeasonalityAdult population peak in late spring, declining into fall (Aiken and Wilkinson 1985). IdentificationSmall to medium size (22.6 to 32.0 mm), elongate body (Larson et al. 2000). Brown-black to black - many with green appearance. Basal segments of antennae yellow, terminal segments darker. All pronotal margins bordered with yellow. Lateral border of elytra yellow, not reaching apex. Females with yellow striae and dark ridges. Yellow ventral surface, except brown-black metasternum, reddish metacoxa, margins of abdominal sterna narrowly black and thoracic sclerites with narrowly black margins. Dark basolateral marking on second and third sterna. Yellow or reddish legs.
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Scientific Name Dytiscus alaskanus Common Name Boreal water beetle Seasonality Adult population peak in late spring, declining into fall (Aiken and Wilkinson 1985). Identification
Small to medium size (22.6 to 32.0 mm), elongate body (Larson et al. 2000). Brown-black to black - many with green appearance. Basal segments of antennae yellow, terminal segments darker. All pronotal margins…
Small to medium size (22.6 to 32.0 mm), elongate body (Larson et al. 2000). Brown-black to black - many with green appearance. Basal segments of antennae yellow, terminal segments darker. All pronotal margins bordered with yellow. Lateral border of elytra yellow, not reaching apex. Females with yellow striae and dark ridges. Yellow ventral surface, except brown-black metasternum, reddish metacoxa, margins of abdominal sterna narrowly black and thoracic sclerites with narrowly black margins. Dark basolateral marking on second and third sterna. Yellow or reddish legs.
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Life History Overwinter as adults in permanent waters (Larson et al. 2000). Early spring mating (Aiken 1992). Univoltine (Aiken and Wilkinson 1985). Strong swimmers, hind legs move together while swimming. Adults attracted to lights. Conservation No special status (IUCN 2002). Diet Info Predatory - active swimmers. Invertebrate and fish larvae prey. Suggestion that diet primarily composed of dead animal matter (Aiken and Leggett 1984). Predation rates highest at night (Aiken 1986). Range
In Alberta this species has been recorded from most regions. This species ranges from Alaska to Newfoundland; known from all provinces and states along the USA-Canada border, as far south as Colorado (Larson et al.…
In Alberta this species has been recorded from most regions. This species ranges from Alaska to Newfoundland; known from all provinces and states along the USA-Canada border, as far south as Colorado (Larson et al. 2000, Partridge and Lauff 1999).
Dytiscus alaskanus
Dytiscus alaskanus

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"Dytiscus alaskanus, Freshwater Invertebrate Collection." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/5-4259. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Coleoptera Suborder Adephaga Family Dytiscidae Genus Dytiscus Species Dytiscus alaskanus
This hierarchy is created from our museum records, it may not always accurately reflect modern taxonomies.

Taxonomic Hierarchy for Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

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This hierarchy is created from our museum records, it may not always accurately reflect modern taxonomies.

Authorship

Name Shpeley, D.
Role species page editor
Date 2004
Name Edgar, M.
Role species page author
Date 2003

References

Specimen Information

There are 2 specimens of this Species.

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IN4778 - Dytiscus alaskanus

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Wood Buffalo National Park Collected ByClassen, M. Date Collected2005-06-05

IN4789 - Dytiscus alaskanus

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Wood Buffalo National Park Collected ByClassen, M. Date Collected2005-05-20