Australian Beetles Volume 1: Morphology, Classification and Keys
This three-volume series represents a comprehensive treatment of the beetles of Australia, a relatively under-studied fauna that includes many unusual and unique lineages found nowhere else on Earth. Volume 1 contains keys to all 117 beetle families found in Australia, and includes over 1100 illustrations of adults, larvae and anatomical structures. This volume is based in part on Lawrence & Britton’s out-of-print Australian Beetles, but is fully updated and expanded. The biology and morphology for all major beetle lineages is described and illustrated, along with anatomical terms which clarify the characters and terminology used in the keys; few other resources for beetle identification include such a detailed morphological background. A chapter on the fossil record is also included, and family sections provide full descriptions of adults and larvae, including the world distribution of each family. The revised identification keys (currently recognised as one of the most valuable keys worldwide) will aid quarantine agents, biologists and students in identifying members of the most species-rich order of animals.
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3segmented abdominal segments acute Adult Aedeagus Antennae Antennal insertions antennomere anteriorly apex apical articulated aslong Australian basal beetles Body broadly rounded Chrysomelidae concealed convex coxae crossvein Crowson Curculionidae curved developed discrimen dorsal elongate elytra emarginate epicranial stem exposed frontal arms Frontoclypeal suture absent fused galea genera genus groove Head prognathous Hydrophilidae hypostomal Hypostomal rods labial palps Labrum lacinia larvae Lateral pronotal carinae Lawrence Legs lightly sclerotised ligula lobe long as wide Mandibles mandibular Maxilla maxillary median endocarina membranous mesal meso Mesocoxal cavities mesoventral Metacoxae metaventrite moderately long mola narrow narrowly separated oblique ofthe paired palpifer palpomere parallelsided pigmented plates postcoxal posterior edge posteriorly Procoxal cavities prognathous pronotum Prosternal process prosternum prostheca prothorax Ptilodactylidae Scarabaeidae sclerites sensorium setae setose short simple slender sometimes species spiculum spiracles Staphylinidae Stemmata sternite strongly transverse subfamilies surfaces suture tarsomeres Tenebrionidae terga tergites tergum trochantins Trogossitidae truncate urogomphi usually Ventral mouthparts ventrites VIII widely separated