(The original print version has its own entry(1)
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:
--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