Fw: Re: Coleoptera families

Muzej primust at ST.TEL.HR
Sun Nov 19 00:34:05 CST 2000


Dear Christian and Ken
thank you very, very much!
Boze
----- Original Message -----
From: christian thompson <cthompson at SEL.BARC.USDA.GOV>
To: <TAXACOM at USOBI.ORG>
Sent: Friday, November 17, 2000 12:10 PM
Subject: Re: Coleoptera families


> Fortunately for those who want a precise answer, there is a wonderful
> complete modern compendium on the Beetles of the World.  According to
> Lawrence et alia there are 173 families.
>
> Beetles of the World (Lawrence, Hastings, Dallwitz, Paine & Zurcher, 1999,
> CSIRO Publishing, Canberra) is the first example of a digital monographic
> revision. On a single CDROM using DELTA software one has illustrations
(more
> 2500), interactive digital key  and diagnoses to 945 taxa (families,
> subfamilies and many lower taxa). In short, everything you need to know
> about beetles generally.
>
> This is the model that at least I would like to see for treatments of
large
> diverse groups, like insect orders. And I would have liked to see it on
the
> WWW, but CSIRO got to make a profit which is the only objection I have
with
> this work.  (that is, sell it cheap so every beetle lover would buy one as
> well as other who may just be interested in playing with it. But as is
only
> a few will fork over the almosts $200 US for it).
>
> F. Christian Thompson
> Systematic Entomology Lab., ARS, USDA
> Smithsonian Institution
> Washington, D. C. 20560-0169
> (202) 382-1800 voice
> (202) 786-9422 FAX
> cthompso at sel.barc.usda.gov
> visit our Diptera site at www.diptera.org
>
> >>> Ken Kinman <kinman at HOTMAIL.COM> 11/17 1:59 PM >>>
>       Of course, the number of families recognized would be different for
> lumpers and splitters.  But I think most workers would recognize 160-170
> families of beetles.
>                       -----Ken
> *******************************************************
> >From: Prirodoslovni muzej Split <primust at ST.TEL.HR>
> >Reply-To: Prirodoslovni muzej Split <primust at ST.TEL.HR>
> >To: TAXACOM at USOBI.ORG
> >Subject: Coleoptera families
> >Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2000 12:23:29 +0100
> >
> >Dear Friends, thanks to all that responded to my first question about
> >ground beetles taxa.
> >I forgot to ask how many coleoptera families were still present in the
> >World, please?
> >Is that number 140 or much more than that?
> >Thanks in advance!
> >
> >Bo+e Kokan
> >Prirodoslovni muzej i zoolo ki vrt Split
> >p.p.376
> >21 000 Split
> >Croatia
> >Europe
> >primust at st.tel.hr
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