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The beetle fauna of Rhode Island: an annotated checklist
By Sikes D.S.
The Biota of Rhode Island, v. 3. Rhode Island Natural History Survey, Kingston, RI. vi + 296 pp., 2004
Cite: 377482
(The original print version has its own entry(1))
Searchable version
An inspiring result of dedicated work, this book brilliantly proves that even a small, long-settled and thoroughly developed area like the state of Rhode Island can support a beetle fauna that is rich beyond expectation and features many rare, poorly understood species. Yielding over 700(!) new state records, the study also allowed to add about 200 spp. to the fauna of New England, the most thoroughly studied area in the entire country (arguably, in the western hemisphere); see Sikes, D.S. 2003. The beetle fauna of the state of Rhode Island, USA (Coleoptera): 657 new state records. Zootaxa 340: 1-38 (Full text; can be considered a summary of the referenced book) and additions in: Sikes, D.S., and R.P. Webster. 2005. Bioinventory of Rhode Island Coleoptera: 45 new records. Coleopterists Bulletin 59(3): 311-327. The study also provides a lot to learn about sampling/collecting techniques –- and commitment to science. It puts Rhode Island on the entomological map big time.
Derek's other faunal works available online include:
Sikes, D.S.
--1998. Rare and endemic Rhode Island beetles. RINHewS: The Newsletter of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey 5(1): 6-7 (Full text)
--1999. The Rhode Island beetle fauna: past, present and future. RINHewS 6: 8-10 (Full text)
--2002. Beetles of Block Island: rare species that once occurred on the mainland. Chapter 11, pp. 183-191 in Paton P.W. et al. (eds) The ecology of Block Island: Proceedings of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey Conference, October 28, 2000. Rhode Island Natural History Survey, Kingston, RI. vii + 235 pp. (Full text | Appendix)

Some carabid records in Sikes (2004) omitted by Bousquet
in his 2012 catalogue (= YB 2012). Aaron Hunt alerted me to fifteen Rhode Island records that were intentionally or possibly unintentionally skipped in YB 2012. In some cases the records are very old (1904) and species identifications preceded reliable modern keys. At any rate, the fifteen records are added to the post-2012 Caraboid Registry. Alphabetically they are Agonum rufipes, Amara impuncticollis, Bembidion grapii, Bembidion intermedium, Brachinus americanus, Brachinus tenuicollis, Bradycellus nigriceps, Bradycellus nigrinus, Calathus ingratus, Calleida punctata, Cymindis unicolor, Elaphropus vivax, Helluomorphoides praestus praestus, Tachys scitulus, and Trchotichnus fulgens . The latter species was been confirmed for RI by Aaron's capture of specimens on Block Island. Sike's entry "Tachyta nana Gyllenhal" is correctly moved to "Tachyta inornata (Say)" and already given RI status under the latter name by YB 2012.

Found them all! (Almost)
The beetle fauna of the state of Rhode Island, USA (Coleoptera):
http://www.iab.uaf.edu/people/derek_sikes/z00340p.pdf

Rare and endemic Rhode Island beetles:
http://www.iab.uaf.edu/people/derek_sikes/Sikes-1998b.pdf

The Rhode Island beetle fauna: past, present, and future:
http://www.iab.uaf.edu/people/derek_sikes/Sikes-1999.pdf

And my favorite:
http://www.iab.uaf.edu/people/derek_sikes/Chap11.pdf

I'm looking forward to reading these! As it turns out, the URLs changed only slightly: in each one, "users" changed to "www", and "~" to "people/". With those adjustments, all the links will work again.

The exception is the link to the full version. That one I couldn't figure out.

 
Found the appendix
Hooray! Finally found the full list of beetles recorded from Block Island to compare my personal list to.
http://www.iab.uaf.edu/people/derek_sikes/Chap11_Appendix.pdf

link is broken
can't find any current links to this as an online publication...

cross reference on print version
We have an entry for the original (2004) print version--(1). Great to see this is on-line as well.

 
thanks for pointing this out -- i'll cross-ref the entry

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