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History of Coleoptera collecting in New Brunswick, Canada: advancing our knowledge of the Coleoptera fauna in the early 21st century. 2016. Webster, R.P.; Bouchard, P.; Klimaszewski, J.; Sweeney, J.D. ZooKeys 573: 1–18.

Year: 2016

Issued by: Atlantic Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 36793

Language: English

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DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.573.8123

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This paper describes the history of beetle collecting in New Brunswick and significant recent contributions to our knowledge of the beetle species incidence and distribution in the province. Many species records were due to specimens collected during surveys (e.g., Forest Insect and Disease Survey) or field trapping experiments designed to improve methods of detecting invasive forest insects. Many other species were detected by careful taxonomic re-examination of specimens in museum insect collections, and others were collected by sampling specific microhabitats (e.g., animal burrows, decaying mushrooms). Knowledge of species identity and distribution requires discovery, description, cataloguing, organization, and communication. A key message of this paper is the importance of taxonomic research and insect collections as a foundation for other branches of science, such as insect ecology and pest management.