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Catalogue of the Coleoptera of America, North of Mexico ("The Leng Catalogue")
By Charles W. Leng
John D. Sherman, Jr., Mount Vernon, NY. x + 470 pp., 1920
Cite: 255763
"The Leng Catalogue" was (and still is) an important early North American beetle catalog.

Leng, C.W. 1920. Catalogue of the Coleoptera of America, North of Mexico. John D. Sherman, Jr., Mount Vernon, NY. x + 470 pp.

The aim of this catalogue is to enumerate systematically all the species of Coleoptera described prior to January 1, 1919 which occur in America, north of Mexico, Greenland included; with consecutive numbers, synonyms, citation of original description, and an indication of distribution.

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Leng, C.W. & A.J. Mutchler. 1927. Supplement 1919-1924 (inclusive) to catalogue of the Coleoptera of America, north of Mexico. John D. Sherman, Jr., Mount Vernon, New York. 78 pp. (Links to full text)

Leng, C.W. & A.J. Mutchler. 1933. Second and Third Supplements 1925 to 1932 (inclusive) to Catalogue of the Coleoptera of America, North of Mexico, . John D. Sherman, Jr., Mount Vernon, NY. 112 pp. (Links to full text)

Blackwelder, R.E. 1939. Fourth supplement, 1933 to 1938 (inclusive) to The Leng Catalogue of Coleoptera of America, north of Mexico. John D. Sherman, Mt. Vernon, USA, 146 pp. (Links to full text)

Blackwelder, R.E., and R.M. Blackwelder. 1948. Fifth supplement, 1939 to 1947 (inclusive) to The Leng catalogue of Coleoptera of America, north of Mexico. John D. Sherman, Jr., Mt. Vernon, N.Y. 87 pp. (Links to full text)

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A paperback version of Leng (1920) is now available via P.O.D. (Print on Demand) as it's out of copyright, for less than $20, but note that the quality may be very mixed...

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CHARLES WILLIAM LENG (1859-1941) - 1927 entomological excerpt of his biography (Full Text)

"Mr. Leng commenced his studies in entomology in 1873 and continued them throughout his business career. He was secretary of the Natural Science Association of Staten Island from 1881 to 1885 and was appointed curator of the Brooklyn Entomological Society in 1890. In 1924 he received the honor of the appointment as honorary president of the Brooklyn Society, which office he still holds. He was president of the New York Entomological Society from 1907 to 1913 and was then appointed secretary, holding hat office at the present time. Since 1917 he has been secretary of the Staten Island Institute of Arts and Sciences and has been its director since 1919. He has been a Corresponding member of the American Entomological Society since 1924 and has been a Research Associate of the American Museum of Natural History since 1910. Mr. Leng has written about one hundred and fifty entomological papers, the principal being "Rhynchophora of Eastern North America." written in conjunction with W. S. Blatchley in 1916, and a "Catalogue of the Coleoptera of America, North of Mexico," which he wrote in 1920, with supplement in 1927. He was editor of the section of Coleoptera, Biological Abstracts, for two years."

The History of New York State, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1927

P.S. 054 Charles W. Leng is an elementary school on Staten Island, NY. The school's mascot is the ladybug, a reference to Leng's study of beetles.