A Guide to the Beetles of Australia

A Guide to the Beetles of Australia

by Paul Zborowski, George Hangay
     
 

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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.

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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 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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"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."
Robert E. Woodruff
"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'."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780643094871
Publisher:
CSIRO Publishing
Publication date:
07/28/2010
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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