Search: Coleoptera

The Coleoptera make up the largest curated collection unit in the Field Museum's Division of Insects, consisting of at least 3 million pinned specimens, several million alcohol-preserved specimens, and several thousand slides. The beetle collection is world-wide in scope, with special strengths in:

  • Staphylinidae 43% of 41,427 described world species, including the former Scaphidiidae, Dasyceridae, and Micropeplidae, but not yet including Pselaphinae (9,408 described spp.) or Scydmaeninae (4,855 described spp.), holdings of which are not yet inventoried; includes M. Bernhauer, A. Bierig, O. Park, and D. H. Kistner collections; significant collections made by former curators L. E. Watrous and J. S. Ashe; and most collections made by current curators A. F. Newton and M. K. Thayer
  • Histeridae 43% of 4,280 described world species; includes research material of former curator R. L. Wenzel
  • Silphidae 84% of 183 described world species
  • Sphaeritidae 40% of 5 described world species
  • Synteliidae 57% of 7 described world species
  • Agyrtidae 45% of 71 described world species

and, not yet inventoried:
  • Nearctic Coleoptera (families above inventoried); includes N. M. Downie collection
  • Palearctic Coleoptera (families above inventoried); includes K. Brancsik (Brančik) collection
  • Leiodidae, world; includes Palaearctic cave Leptodirini of E. Knirsch collection, many austral taxa, and many collections by S. B. Peck and J. Kukalová-Peck
  • Ptiliidae, world; includes research material of former curator H. S. Dybas
  • Lucanidae, world; includes B. Benesh, E. Knirsch collections
  • Dryopoidea, especially Nearctic and Oriental; includes H. G. Nelson collection
  • Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae, world; includes E. Knirsch collection
  • Tenebrionidae, especially South American, includes L. E. Peña G. collection

The data currently available here are species-level inventories (primarily of pinned material) of our holdings of the beetle families Staphylinidae (except Pselaphinae and Scydmaeninae), Silphidae, Histeridae, Sphaeritidae, Synteliidae, and Carabidae (ongoing) as well as specimen records for types of Carabidae that we hold, some with images. We are continually adding to and updating the data and will be extending our specimen-databasing and type-imaging. Mainly in the Staphylinidae, there are many manuscript names in the collection, especially those of Bernhauer and Bierig. These are databased and presented here in case (1) publications in which they were, in fact, published have eluded us or (2) publications by other authors cite the names as, e.g., "Bernhauer in litt." names. Manuscript names of still-living authors are not shown here, although they may be in our working EMu database.

The starting point for the data on Staphylinidae and Histeridae, now imported into EMu, was a collection inventory database for those collections (names, specimen and unit tray counts, geographical region, and indication and number of type specimens) created primarily with support from National Science Foundation grant DEB-8814449 (A. F. Newton & J. B. Kethley, PIs), with some additional work supported by DEB-8906825 (A. F. Newton), and DEB-0118749 (M. K. Thayer & A. F. Newton). After the initial grant, the taxonomic data were augmented by files received from L. H. Herman, J. M. Campbell, and others. For detailed credits, see http://www.fieldmuseum.org/peet_staph/db.html, which also has links to a searchable/downloadable database of all Staphyliniformia family- and genus-group names. As with all our data initial in EMu, conversion of Insects' Coleoptera data to KE EMu was partially funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services' support for Common Ground, IMLS CM-00-05-0050-05. Most images in the database were taken using a Microptics ML Macro XLT digital imaging system purchased under a Field Museum subcontract (M. K. Thayer, PI) from NSF grant EF-0531768 (part of the Assembling the Beetle Tree of Life project). Some images of Staphyliniformia included here were taken for that project with direct subcontract support.

Searches in EMu are automatically performed as whole-word wildcard searches, i.e., entering Hister in the Scientific Name field will find all species (and undetermined material) of that genus, but not records identified only as Histeridae, Histerinae, or Histerini. The Scientific Name of partly-identified material is the lowest taxon to which it is identified. Entering a subgeneric name alone will find all taxa in that subgenus if the subgeneric name has been entered in our database; if you don't find something that way, try using the appropriate generic name. Note that the types of junior synonyms (or other invalid names) are listed under their own names, not the currently valid name for them. The latter name is shown in the detailed view of the record. Collection inventory records do not have data in the Country, Province, or Date fields. If we have specimens of a taxon from more than one region, searching on any one of them will find the record. Only the first region will show in the results list, but all will show in the detailed view of the record.

Query results are sorted by Family + Subfamily + Tribe + Genus + Species + Scientific Name. Records identified only to genus or subgenus therefore appear after all identified species of the genus, and records identified only to tribe or subtribe will appear, sorted alphabetically, at the end of all records for the tribe. If there are more than 5000 records in the result set, they will be unsorted. The detailed view of a record displays the subtribal placement, if any. If you choose to enter more than one term in a field, only records with both terms will be returned. The vast majority of records will not have images in the near future.

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