British Water Beetles


    AQUATIC Coleoptera have long been favourite objects of study, especially by the biologist and the physiologist. Dytiscus, Gyrinus and Hydrophilus, for example, have alone attracted the attention of many investigators and a bibliography of their written contributions on these creatures would fill many printed pages. The present volume deals with members of the Haliplidse, Hygrobiidse and part of the Dytiscidse. It is concerned more especially with the habits and distribution of their species and is not intended as a systematic treatise. It will be noted that keys, therefore, take the place of detailed descriptions as aids to the identification of the various species. Prof. Balfour–Browne has devoted many years to the study of water beetles and is probably better qualified than anyone else in England to describe their natural history and where to find them. Coleopterists will welcome the appearance of this well–produced volume and look forward to the completion of the work when circumstances permit.

    British Water Beetles

    By Frank Balfour–Browne. Vol. 1. (Ray Society Vol. 127 for 1939.) Pp. xx + 376 + 5plates. (London: Bernard Quaritch, Ltd., 1940.) 25s.

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    British Water Beetles. Nature 148, 300 (1941).

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