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Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 242037, 14 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/242037
Review Article

Ant-Associated Beetle Fauna in Bulgaria: A Review and New Data

Department of Zoology and Anthropology, Faculty of Biology, Sofia University, 8 Dragan Tzankov Boulevard, 1164 Sofia, Bulgaria

Received 8 February 2013; Revised 22 April 2013; Accepted 23 April 2013

Academic Editor: Alain Lenoir

Copyright © 2013 Albena Lapeva-Gjonova. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The rich myrmecofauna in Bulgaria, comprising about 170 species, constitutes favorable settings for a diverse associated fauna. An attempt to summarize the fragmented faunal data on this ecological group in Bulgaria, together with inclusion of new data, has resulted in a comprehensive list of 121 beetle species from 14 families, obligate or facultative ant related. The extent of current knowledge on the various beetle families, host specificity, the nature of relations between guests and their ant hosts, and the regional characteristics of the myrmecophilous fauna are discussed.