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The Giant Earwig of St. Helena: Labidura herculeana

Labidura herculeana

Labidura herculeana (Fabricius, 1798) in the RMCA

The Dodo of the Dermaptera. A very special topic is the now extinct gigantic earwigs, the only one that made it on the IUCN Redlist. Although its difficult -- or logically impossible -- to prove extinction, I believ it is actually extinct. The special habitat was very small and on an island. So I guess its save to say that we lost this species for ever. I was lucky enough to study the museum specimens.

Country Faunas

Wolrd distribution of Earwigs

The number of earwig species in a country

The country fauna by InternetID or by Bio-Region

For the following countries, I have made faunas or checklists. They are usually quite up to date, but if you think I have missed something, please send me a note. I use the interned ISO codes: AR, AT, AU, BE, CD, CH, DE, FJ, GR, IE, IR, JP, KE, KOREA, NA, NI, PE, RU, SC, SD, TR, UA, UK, US, VE, and ZE. I am sure you know these codes.

I used the traditional colour coding for the bioregions, pls see for yourself Colour Coding of Bioregions.
Head of a Pygidicanidae

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Publications & Links

You can find PDFs of my publications on ResearchGate and using SearchEngines, such as (amongst many others) Scholar Google, Biodiversity Heritage Library, etc.
I worked in and for quite a number of museums all around the globe to ID and photograph their specimens, please see my References.
And of course there is a Links page with interesting links on Dermaptera, esp Dermaptera in Pest and Gardening.


Acknowledgements for the extensive, personal and institutional support I received in my active time in Dermaptera research.

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