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The Book of Beetles : A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred of Nature's Gems - Patrice Bouchard

The Book of Beetles

A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred of Nature's Gems

Hardcover Published: 20th October 2014
ISBN: 9781782400493
Number Of Pages: 656

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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.

About the Author

Patrice Bouchard is research scientist and curator of Coleoptera at the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids, and Nematodes; and co-author of four books including the award-winning Tenebrionid Beetles of Australia.

Industry Reviews

"At first sight this may resemble a 'coffee table' book, but on closer examination it is rather more than that... Overall this is an interesting and attractive book." - Entomologist's Gazette

ISBN: 9781782400493
ISBN-10: 1782400494
Series: Book of Series
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 656
Published: 20th October 2014
Publisher: The Ivy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.0 x 18.0  x 4.5
Weight (kg): 2.31
Edition Number: 1

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