01 February 2018
Finally, the book I’ve been waiting for has been published and printed out! The book is The Dynastine Scarab Beetles of the United States and Canada (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae), discussing 61 species and 2 subspecies of rhinoceros beetles occurring in the U.S. and Canada.
Below is an image of the book cover and information:
The Dynastine Scarab Beetles of the United States and Canda (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae)
by Brett C. Ratcliffe and Ronald D. Cave
Abstract. The 61 species and two subspecies of dynastine scarab beetles that occur in the United States of America (including Guam) and Canada are comprehensively reviewed. Detailed discussions of historical collecting, climate, vegetation, and habitats (with color images) are presented. Keys to all tribes, genera, and species in the study area are given. Descriptions, recorded geographic localities and temporal distributions, diagnoses, notes on natural history, color illustrations, and distribution maps are provided for all species. Also included are synopses of the higher-level taxa of the subfamily in the region, a glossary, and a species checklist.
Cyclocephala knobelae Brown is a new junior synonym of Cyclocephala robusta LeConte (Cyclocephalini). Euetheola rugiceps (LeConte) (Pentodontini) is elevated to species from a subspecies (newrevised status). Dyscinetus laevicollis Arrow (Cyclocephalini) is a new country record reported for the first time from the USA.
With such a great opportunity, I provided some fine habitus images and live images of scarab beetles studied in the book. Dr. Brett C. Ratcliffe has sent me a gift of a copy today by mail. This is the fifth series of The Dynastine Scarab Beetles of…
The followings are the series:
1. The Dynastine Scarab Beetles of Costa Rica and Panama by Brett C. Ratcliffe, 2003.
2. The Dynastine Scarab Beetles of Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador by Brett C. Ratcliffe and Ronald D. Cave, 2006.
3. The Dynastine Scarab Beetles of Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize by Brett C. Ratcliffe, Ronald D. Cave, and Enio B. Cano, 2013.
4. The Dynastine Scarab Beetles of the West Indies by Brett C. Ratcliffe and Ronald D. Cave, 2015.
5. The Dynastine Scarab Beetles of the United States and Canada by Brett C. Ratcliffe and Ronald D. Cave, 2017.
As I’m interested in and studying the Nearctic scarab beetles, this book is absolutely the one I’ve been waiting for so much. I have some series of scarab collections from state Louisiana. Common ones are quite easy to identify with very distinctive characteristics, while others not. This book will definitely help me out with IDs and biology of the species. The next in series, I heard, will be the Ecuador.