The Book of Beetles: A Lifesize Guide to Six Hundred of Nature's Gems
The Book of Beetles: A Lifesize Guide to Six Hundred of Nature's Gems
The Book of Beetles: A Lifesize Guide to Six Hundred of Nature's Gems
The Book of Beetles: A Lifesize Guide to Six Hundred of Nature's Gems
The Book of Beetles: A Lifesize Guide to Six Hundred of Nature's Gems

The Book of Beetles: A Lifesize Guide to Six Hundred of Nature's Gems

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Article number: 9781782400493
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Author Patrice Bouchard
Language English
ISBN 9781782400493
Publisher Ivy Press
Pages 656
Format 180 mm x 270 mm
Binding Hardcover
Images Richly Illustrated and Colour Images
Year Published 2014

More than one fifth of all known life forms on this planet are beetles. They are extraordinarily visually diverse: renowned British geneticist JBS Haldane, when asked what could be inferred about God from a study of His works, replied, An inordinate fondness for beetles. The Book of Beetles uncovers 600 significant examples, selected as part of a genome program. They are shown in glorious photographs, life size and in detail, alongside an engraving offering a side or open-winged view. Each profile includes a population distribution map, a table of essential information, and a commentary revealing notable characteristics, related species, and a diagnosis of the specimen's importance in terms of taxonomy, rarity, behaviour, and scientific significance. Arranged taxonomically, this essential reference reveals the variety and importance of beetles for the first time.

 

The author of The Book of Beetles

Patrice Bouchard is research scientist and curator of Coleoptera at the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes. He is the coauthor of Family-Group Names in Coleoptera and the award-winning Tenebrionid Beetles of Australia. Bouchard serves on the editorial boards of The Canadian Entomologist, ZooKeys, and Zoological Bibliography.
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