Distribution and conservation status of the Mt Mangana stag beetle, Lissotes menalcas (Coleoptera: Lucanidae)

Meggs, JM and Taylor, RJ 1999 , 'Distribution and conservation status of the Mt Mangana stag beetle, Lissotes menalcas (Coleoptera: Lucanidae)' , Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, vol. 133, no. 1 , pp. 23-28 , doi: https://doi.org/10.26749/rstpp.133.1.23.

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Lissotes menalcas (the Mt Mangana Stag Beetle) is an obligate log dwelling beetle and is presently classified as vulnerable under the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995. The distribution, habitat and conservation status of this species were investigated through a combination of collation of known locations and searches for the in decaying logs across likely areas of occurrence.
L. menalcas was found to have a wide distribution in south eastern Tasmania and is now recorded from 34 localities. The species was found in a variety of wet forest habitats from old-growth mixed forest through to 23-year-old wet eucalypt silvicultural regrowth. About 12% of wet eucalypt forest within the predicted range of L. menalcas is formally reserved, and another 14% on Crown land is unlikely to be subject to logging. L. menalcas appears to tolerate both wildfire and clear felling with regeneration burning. Because the species depends on an ongoing supply of rotting logs for its long-term survival, plantation development will probably lead to the elimination of the species from such areas. Analysis of the likely impact of plantation establishment within its range over the next ten years indicates that it will not reach levels that would lead it to be considered as vulnerable. Thus, it is recommended that the status of the species be changed from vulnerable to rare. However, there is a need to determine the ecological sustainability of present forest management practices in relation to the decaying-log habitat and to continue to monitor the extent of clearing and modification of the species' habitat.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Meggs, JM and Taylor, RJ
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
ISSN: 0080-4703
DOI / ID Number: https://doi.org/10.26749/rstpp.133.1.23
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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