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Eating at high elevation: a herbivorous beetle from alpine rock outcrops relies on ammonia-absorbing lichens.

John Marris, David Hawke, David Glenny
The flightless endemic New Zealand beetle, Protodendrophagus antipodes Thomas, 2003 (Coleoptera: Silvanidae: Brontinae: Brontini) (Fig. 1a, b), is unique among its tribe of 12 globally-distributed genera in exchanging the forest for an alpine existence. Until recently, P. antipodes was thought to be rare, known only from a handful of specimens from above the treeline in mountains in the northern part of New Zealand's South Island. Following the discovery of the beetle's favoured habitat of alpine rock outcrop crevices (Fig. 1c), they have been found by JM at 19 of 24 localities examined, along much of the 700 km length of the South Island mountains and from 1500 m to over 2000 m elevation. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.1002/ecy.2598

DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2598

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