Silphidae on Tree of Life

Derek Sikes dsikes at UCALGARY.CA
Wed Feb 9 09:52:29 CST 2005

Dear Taxacomers,

This is an announcement that the node for the family Silphidae
(Coleoptera) is open to the public on the Tree of Life web project
(ToL).  The family page is done and one of the two subfamilies, the
Silphinae, is also complete. Of particular interest to those who might
have any interest in these organisms, is the current generic level
classification for the Silphinae, formerly available only in the
Silphidae chapter of the American Beetles volume.

The subfamily Nicrophorinae is still under development and will take
some time because each species will have a unique page.

In addition, the development process / software to create these
webpages is constantly being improved and has reached a level that I
would describe as "user-friendly."  The support made available for
questions or difficulties is also excellent.  However, many nodes in
the tree of life project remain uncompleted. If your particular taxon
has no page, I hope you will consider developing one (sooner or later)
- the ToL web project is an amazing resource for the world and its
value will increase as more pages are completed. The project is very
well managed and funded and I expect this is a web resource that,
unlike many, will survive for centuries, if not forever.

Derek Sikes

PS comments on these ToL  pages, suggestions for improvement, etc. are

Derek S. Sikes, Assistant Professor
Division of Zoology
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2N 1N4

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