How a subsocial intertidal beetle, Bledius spectabilis, prevents flooding and anoxia in its burrow

@article{Wyatt2004HowAS,
  title={How a subsocial intertidal beetle, Bledius spectabilis, prevents flooding and anoxia in its burrow},
  author={Tristram D Wyatt},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={2004},
  volume={19},
  pages={323-331}
}
All stages of Bledius spectabilis Kratz (Staphylinidae) dig wine-bottle shaped burrows in the intertidal Salicornia zone. The adult female lays her eggs around her burrow and, by remaining with them, prevents both flooding by the tide and anoxia. Flooding is prevented by an ‘ever-ready’ burrow which exploits a surface tension effect and by blocking the burrow once the tide comes in. The burrow has a narrow neck (about 2 mm in diameter) leading to a living chamber 5 mm in diameter. Tides over… CONTINUE READING

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