Welcome to Coleop-Terra!
This page renders homage to diversity of nature, incarnated by beetles. Longhorn-, jewel-, and scarab beetles are large, striking, comparable easy to study and to photograph. Because scarab and longhorn beetles share exaggerated traits such as prolonged horns or antennae, they are well-studied models for mating selection and evolution. Already Charles Darwin quoted "Whenever I hear of the capture of rare beetles, I feel like an old war-horse at the sound of a trumpet". Because of their comparable well known taxonomy and certain habitat specificty, some beetle groups have become significant surrogates for understanding complex habitats and indicator taxa for determining biodiversity patterns and habitat inegrity.
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To grab attention of non-experts and specialists, rarely shown and conspicious longhorn-, jewel- and scarab beetles are presented here. Furthermore, since I live in Bolivia, I am trying to give an insight how it feels to be surrounded by entomologically interesting places.
I would like to thank my colleagues for providing pictures of species rarely seen in the world wide web, which can now be found in my webpage. Please see the list of contributors.
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About the author
I am researcher in the Colección Boliviana de Fauna and biology teacher in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
In generally I am interested in how life evolves and persists all over the world, however, for several reasons I have focused on biogeographically interesting settings and groups that are easy to study.
Actually I am dealing with the Neotropical species of the land crab genera Johngarthia and Gecarcinus and ecoregion endemism and conservation in Bolivian insect groups.