This beautifully presented checklist is an updated catalogue of all the described species of Coleoptera (beetles) from Tasmania, including Macquarie Island. It continues a long tradition of developing insect checklists with relevance to Tasmania which goes back to 1842 when W.F. Erichson published (in German) his ‘Contribution to the Insect Fauna of Van Diemen’s Land’, covering 287 beetle species. Our knowledge has advanced significantly since then as specialists have continued to unravel the origins and connections of Tasmania’s beetle fauna with more intensive fieldwork and taxonomic studies.
This latest work indexed to 110 pages, provides an overview of the history of Tasmanian beetle checklists, methods and taxonomic protocols used in their classification and a meticulous up-to-date list of 2,864 species including over 600 endemics. A series of beautiful colour plates feature at least one representative species from almost every family, with each grouping headed by a thumbnail image for easy referencing. Compiled for the scientific community by Simon Grove, Lyn Forster and Nick Porch, this Checklist will also appeal to those fascinated by Tasmania’s rich beetle fauna and a desire to learn more.
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