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This list of beetle genera not yet in the Guide is based primarily on "American Beetles”(1)(2).
Its goal is to help the Guide expand in a more methodical way; this is a call for action, aimed mainly at those colleagues across North America who have both access to major collections and experience in photography.
The list is a self-explanatory ‘internal’ document; thus the austere format [no italics], casual range notation, etc.
PRIORITIES are not easy to define; more obvious considerations include:
• Complement other online sources: focus on taxa not represented in the MCZ data base and the like.
• Fill higher-rank gaps: genera representing missing subfamilies/tribes are top priority.
• Focus on obscure, cryptic groups to make coverage of such taxa uniquely complete – this is BG's great competitive edge.
• Maximize visual value: in a visual guide the highest impact will be achieved by adding taxa that are (a) distinctive, easily recognizable, (b) wide-ranging, and (c) more likely to be encountered.
Concentrating on species described by early workers (Melsheimer, Say, the Europeans...) –-retracing the steps of the forefathers–- would be a great way to cover the basics (i.e. the more common faunal elements) AND complement the MCZ DB, where the next great wave of taxa (LeConte, Horn, and Fall’s) is excellently represented while the early essentials are not.
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I will highly appreciate any corrections/additions and suggestions re: list concept and format; and whom to contact for help with a particular group/geographical area. I’ll be removing (not crossing out) the entries to watch it shrink.
Distribution is not indicated for widely distributed and eastern taxa; non-native taxa in brackets. I did not include taxa that are but occasionally intercepted or have unconfirmed status.
Tim Loh did all the work with the aquatic families and the Carabidae; Adam Brunke, with the staphs; Abby Parker, with the LBs. Their help is much appreciated.
Ron, Harsi, and Max tried hard to make my non-native English palatable. Can't thank them enough.
Contributed by v belov on 12 April, 2010 - 1:58am Last updated 12 July, 2017 - 3:04am
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