Australian Longhorn Beetles Series

Australian Longhorn Beetles

(Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)

Volume 2 — Subfamily Cerambycinae
November 2016
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    28th November 2016
  • ISBN 9781486304585
  • Language English
  • Pages 640 pp.
  • Size 8.25" x 11.75"
  • Images four-color throughout

Longhorn Beetles — Cerambycidae are one of the most easily recognized groups of beetles, a family that worldwide encompasses over 33 000 species in 5200 genera. With over 1400 species classified in 300 genera, this is the sixth largest among 117 beetle families in Australia.

These beetles often attack and kill living forest or orchard trees and develop in construction timber (like the European House borer, introduced to WA), causing serious damage. Virtually all Cerambycidae feed on living or dead plant tissues and play a significant role in all terrestrial environments where plants are found. Larvae often utilize damaged or dead trees for their development, and through feeding on rotten wood form an important element of the saproxylic fauna, speeding energy circulation in these habitats. Many species are listed as quarantine pests because of their destructive role to the timber industry.

This second of three volumes on Australian Longhorn Beetles covers the taxonomy of genera of the Cerambycinae, with comments on natural history and morphology. One hundred and forty-two Cerambycinae genera are diagnosed and described, an illustrated key to their identification is provided, and images illustrate representatives of genera and of actual type specimens.

A full listing of all Australian species with synonymies and bibliographic citations is also included.

Volume 1 is Australian Longhorn Beetles: Introduction and Subfamily Lamiinae

Material and Methods
Historical review
Phylogeny and classification
Classification of Australian Cerambycinae
Key to identification of Australian genera
Review of Australian genera

Adam Slipinski

Adam Slipinski completed his PhD and DSc in Poland. He is currently working as a senior principal research scientist and curator at the Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO. He is the author of over 200 research publications and multiple book chapters, and author of six books on the phylogeny and classification of various beetles.

Hermes Escalona

Hermes Escalona earned his PhD in Entomology from the Universidad Central de Venezuela in 2012. He is interested in systematics, evolution, and historical biogeography of Coleoptera, with a current focus on Longhorns beetles (Cerambycidae) and small beetle families within Cucujiformia.