A Guide to the Beetles of Australia

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Winner of the 2010 Whitley Medal

A Guide to the Beetles of Australia is a fascinating introduction to this huge and diverse group of insects – the Coleoptera. Beetles make up 40% of all insects. The number of known beetle species in the world – more than 350,000 – is more than six times the number of all vertebrate species.

New beetle species are being discovered all the time. Of the 30,000 species that may occur in Australia, only 20,000 have ...

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Overview

Winner of the 2010 Whitley Medal

A Guide to the Beetles of Australia is a fascinating introduction to this huge and diverse group of insects – the Coleoptera. Beetles make up 40% of all insects. The number of known beetle species in the world – more than 350,000 – is more than six times the number of all vertebrate species.

New beetle species are being discovered all the time. Of the 30,000 species that may occur in Australia, only 20,000 have been scientifically described. These include around 6,000 weevils (Curculionidae), 3,000 scarabs, dung beetles and chafers (Scarabaeidae) and 3,000 leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae).

A Guide to the Beetles of Australia highlights the enormous diversity of this unique insect Order. It emphasizes the environmental role of beetles, their relationships with other plants and animals and their importance to humans.

Key features
• Treats all main families of Australian beetles
• Provides an introduction to beetle biology
• Copiously illustrated with high quality photographs

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Editorial Reviews

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"A Guide to the Beetles of Australia highlights the enormous diversity of this unique insect Order. It emphasises the environmental role of beetles, their relationships with other plants and animals, and their importance to humans. RECOMMENDATION: For those with an interest in beetles, especially the Australian species."

"A book that will be useful to both amateurs and professionals, be they entomologists, coleopterists, ecologists, conservationists, or general lovers of the great natural beauty and biodiversity of beetles in the land 'Down Under'."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780643094871
  • Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/2010
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Zborowski is a qualified entomologist and photographer with over 25 years experience of field based study of insects and related creatures in habitats all over the world's tropics. He is the published author of a number of insect reference works including the Whitley Award winning Field Guide to Insects of Australia. He has a vast photo library of insect images, which he has built up over 30 years.

George Hangay has had an interest in insects since early childhood. He studied beetles in many parts of the world and in the last four decades he focused on the Australian fauna. After his retirement from the Australian Museum, where he worked as Chief Preparator, he participated in various projects as a consultant, curated the insect collection of AQIS (NSW) and wrote several articles and books. He continues to collaborate with many Australian and overseas coleopterists.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgements

Introduction 1

What makes a beetle? 3

Anatomy 9

Reproduction and development 21

Food and survival 31

Higher taxonomy 39

Family descriptions

Cupedidae Reticulated beetles 46

Ommatidae Ommatid beetles 47

Sphaeriusidae Minute bog beetles 48

Gyrinidae Whirligig beetles 49

Haliplidae Crawling water beetles 51

Noteridae Burrowing water beetles 52

Hygrobiidae Screech beetles 53

Dytiscidae Predaceous diving beetles 54

Rhysodidae Wrinkled bark beetles 56

Carabidae Ground beetles 57

Hydrophilidae Water scavenger beetles 64

Histeridae Hister beetles 66

Hydraenidae Minute moss beetles 67

Ptiliidae Feather-winged beetles 68

Leiodidae Small fungus beetles 69

Scydmaenidae Minute ant-like beetles 71

Silphidae Carrion or burial beetles 72

Staphylinidae Rove beetles 73

Lucanidae Stag beetles 76

Passalidae Passalid or bess beetles 81

Trogidae Hide beetles 82

Bolboceratidae Bolboceratid beetles 83

Hybosoridae Scavenger scarab beetles 85

Scarabaeidae Scarab beetles 86

Aclopinae Aclopine scarab beetles 87

Aphodiinae Aphodiine dung beetles 88

Scarabaeinae Dung beetles 89

Dynastinae Rhinoceros or elephant beetles 92

Melolonthinae Chafers 95

Rutelinae Shining leaf chafers 98

Cetoniinae Flower chafers 100

Scirtidae Marsh beetles 102

Clambidae Minute spherical beetles 104

Dascillidae Soft-bodied plant beetles 105

Rhipiceridae Feather-or fan-horned beetles 106

Buprestidae Jewel or metallic wood-boring beetles 107

Byrrhidae Pill beetles 113

Callirhipidae Callirhipid beetles 114

Chelonariidae Chelonarid beetles 115

Elmidae Riffle beetles 116

Heteroceridae Variegated mud-loving beetles 117

Limnichidae Minute marsh-loving beetles 118

Psephenidae Water-penny beetles 119

Ptilodactylidae Toe-winged beetles 120

Brachypsectridae Texas beetles 121

Eucnemidae False click beetles 122

Throscidae Throscid beetles 123

Elateridae Click beetles 124

Lycidae Net-winged beetles 126

Lampyridae Fireflies or flashing fireflies 128

Rhinorhipidae Rhinorhipid beetles 129

Cantharidae Soldier beetles 130

Nosodendridae Wounded-tree beetles 132

Dermestidae Dermestid beetles 133

Bostrichidae Auger or shot-hole borers 136

Anobiidae Furniture and spider beetles 138

Lymexylidae Ship-timber beetles 140

Trogossitidae Bark-gnawing beetles 141

Cleridae Checkered beetles 142

Phycosecidae Phycosecid beetles 144

Melyridae Soft-winged flower beetles 145

Nitidulidae Sap beetles 147

Silvanidae Silvanid flat bark beetles 148

Passandridae Parasitic flat bark beetles 150

Cucujidae Flat bark beetles 151

Laemophloeidae Lined flat bark beetles 152

Phalacridae Shining flower or shining mould beetles 153

Cryptophagidae Silken fungus beetles 154

Erotylidae Pleasing fungus beetles 155

Languriinae Lizard beetles 156

Bothrideridae Dry bark beetles 157

Endomychidae Handsome fungus beetles 158

Discolomatidae Tropical log beetles 159

Coccinellidae Lady or ladybird beetles 160

Corylophidae Minute fungus beetles 164

Latridiidae Minute brown scavenger beetles 165

Mycetophagidae Hairy fungus beetles 166

Ciidae Minute tree-fungus beetles 167

Melandryidae False darkling beetles 168

Mordellidae Pin-tail or tumbling flower beetles 169

Rhipiphoridae Wedge-shaped beetles 170

Zopheridae

Zopherinae Ironclad beetles 172

Colydiinae Colydiine beetles 173

Ulodidae Ulodid beetles 174

Tenebrionidae Darkling beetles 175

Lagriinae Long-jointed bark beetles 176

Tenebrioninae True darkling beetles 177

Alleculinae Comb-clawed beetles 180

Diaperinae Diaperine beetles 181

Stenochiinae Stenochiine beetles 181

Oedemeridae False blister beetles 182

Meloidae Blister or oil beetles 184

Mycteridae Palm and flower beetles 186

Salpingidae Narrow-waisted bark beetles 187

Anthicidae Ant-like flower beetles 188

Aderidae Ant-like leaf beetles 189

Scraptiidae False flower beetles 190

Cerambycidae Longhorn or longicorn beetles 191

Chrysomelidae Leaf beetles 197

Bruchinae Seed weevils 198

Cassidinae

(Cassidoid group) Tortoise beetles 199

(Hispoid group) Spiny leaf beetles 200

Chrysomelinae Chrysomelin leaf beetles 202

Criocerinae Shining leaf beetles 204

Cryptocephalinae Cylindrical leaf beetles 205

Eumolpinae Oval leaf or leaf monkey beetles 206

Galerucinae Galerucine and flea leaf beetles 207

Sagrinae Kangaroo beetles 208

Nemonychidae Pine flower weevils 209

Anthribidae Fungus weevils 210

Belidae Belid weevils 211

Attelabidae Leaf-rolling weevils 212

Brentidae Straight-snouted weevils 213

Curculionidae Weevils or snout beetles 215

Endnotes 223

Glossary 225

Index of common names 231

Index of scientific names 233

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