This book is the first offour volumes in the Handbook of Zoology series which treat the systematics and biology of Coleoptera. With approximately 350,000 described species, Coleoptera are by far the most species-rich order of insects and the largest group of animals of comparable geological age.
The beetle volumes will meet the demand of modern biologists seeking to answer questions about Coleoptera phylogeny, evolution, and ecology. This first Coleoptera volume covers the suborders Archostemata, Myxophaga and Adephaga, and the basal series of Polyphaga, with information on world distribution, biology, morphology of all life stages (including anatomy), phylogeny and comments on taxonomy.
"These jewels of information are the stuff dreams are made of for aspiring coleopterists!"The Coleopterists Bulletin 3/2007 "This is a milestone in zoological literature, for which all its authors but especially the two editors deserve the warmest acknowledgement."A. Minelli in: JZS 44/2006