Description

The second volume of “The Prionids Collection” series is devoted to the so-called Neotropical Region which encompasses South and Central America.

As the book is enhancing the concept of the first one, you will find there familiar sections such as the hierarchic list of specimens and the main photographic catalogue consisting of 100 beetles.

In the introduction you can read about specifics of the Neotropical region, what is the most suitable time to catch beetles in different regions or see some examples of species variability.

The conclusion of the book is enriched with a few tables showing types from Neotropical region and which can be found in Natural History Museum in London.
For reader's convenience there is also a useful list of species which are already published in the series. This list will grow up as more volumes are published and could be used to look up specific species in the future.

 

Author's preface

The preparation of a second volume began in 2008. The determination of several problematic species has been consulted with experts on the Prioninae family. Thanks to the extensive collection, the lending out of samples and the co-operation of the Natural History Museum in London, the National Museum in Prague and the Silesian Museum in Opava, I was able to amass a sufficient number of species that are often unique and that haven’t been published pictorially. It is obvious from the photographic documentation that was conducted that many species, particularly the Prionacalus and Psalidognathus families, can be defined as completely new or valid species, see the chapter “Cryptical species Psalidognathini” on page 15. The work on the documentation of type material from further museums and collections will continue.

As a bonus, more than 60 types of Anoplodermatidae and Prioninae which are deposited in the Natural History Museum in London and one Prioninae from the National Museum in Prague and which are described from the Neotropical Region have been published in the conclusion of the book.

There is also a critically compiled overview of the largest Prioninae, the largest beetles in the world, in the conclusion of the book.

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