A guide to Stag beetles of Australia.

A guide to Stag beetles of Australia. George Hangay, Roger de Keyzer.
A guide to Stag beetles of Australia.

Clayton South: CSIRO Publishing, 2017. Octavo, paperback, colour photographs.

Many Australian stag beetles live secretive lives with some species spending their entire life cycle inside decaying timber or under logs sunken into the soil. Yet these active recyclers of the forest are admired by beetle-loving people worldwide. Their aesthetic appeal and the rarity of some species make them of great value to collectors: the beetles in the subfamily Lampriminae are splendidly colourful, while others show an amazing variety in male mandible size and structure. This guide offers a comprehensive account of the 98 lucanid species currently found in Australia with stunning images from entomologist and photographer Paul Zborowski. This book reveals their diversity and beauty, looks in detail at their morphology, habitats and ecology, and explains how to collect, keep and preserve them. Natural history enthusiasts, professional and amateur coleopterists alike will benefit from the use of this guide.

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