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Sep 02, 2014
| ISBN 9781935623403
Sep 02, 2014
| ISBN 9781935623410
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Sep 02, 2014 | ISBN 9781935623403
Sep 02, 2014 | ISBN 9781935623410
In terms of quantity and breadth, the Smithsonian Institution’s collection of longhorned woodboring beetles is one of the most important in the world. The effort to establish and describe this collection began as early as 1889, when the Smithsonian hired its first coleopterist (who was also only the second salaried entomologist at the Institution). In the years that followed, the collection grew thanks to the work of not only Smithsonian and U.S. Department of Agriculture entomologists, but also passionate amateur coleopterists who collected thousands of beetle specimens as they traveled the world for their professional occupations and then donated their unique collections to the Smithsonian. By 1957, the collection included nearly 200,000 specimens from around the world. Longhorned Woodboring Beetles (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae and Disteniidae): Primary Types of the Smithsonian Institution is the first complete catalog of Coleoptera primary types housed at the Smithsonian and includes stunning full-color images of each type specimen. The product of more than a decade of curatorial research and care, it reaffirms the superior international status of this truly remarkable collection.
CHOICE The National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution) houses an outstanding insect collection. Its assemblage of longhorned beetles alone comprises approximately 8,000 species that have been identified and put into a database (this number likely will double when the collection is fully curated). With some 2,100 primary type specimens, this is one of the finest collections of its type in the world and an invaluable resource for researchers in the field of entomology. Holdings of primary-type specimens by museums and academic institutions are of particular importance to entomologists interested in studying originally described type specimens. In this first complete catalogue of the Smithsonian’s longhorned woodboring beetle collection, a list of all primary specimen types is made available. Following this is a collection of color plates illustrating each specimen as a thumbnail image. A short introduction provides an interesting historical perspective on the Smithsonian’s collection of Cerambycidae. The photographs may be of limited interest to beetle enthusiasts; however, the text will be particularly valuable to specialists interested in beetle taxonomy, including graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and professional staff. –D. A. Brass, independent scholar Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students through professionals.
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