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The research focus of our lab is the systematics of two coleopteran superfamilies, Cucujoidea (25 families) and Coccinelloidea (15 families), which together comprise over 19,000 described species representing a tremendous range of anatomical and biological diversity.  Although these groups include some families with large and conspicuous species (e.g., Erotylidae, Endomychidae) and predatory species of great biocontrol significance (e.g., Coccinellidae), many of the constituent families are composed of tiny, drably colored beetles that live cryptic lifestyles.  Many species live in leaf litter or are saproxylic. Historically, the humble attributes of these taxa drew less attention from researchers, leaving their taxonomy in poor condition and many gaps in our knowledge of their natural history.

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Joseph V. McHugh

Professor, Department of Entomology, University of Georgia
Curator, Collection of Arthropods, Georgia Museum of Natural History


455 Biological Sciences Building, 120 Cedar Street
Univ. of Georgia, Athens, GA  30602-2603

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From Jacobson G.G., 1905-1915. [The beetles of Russia, West Europe and adjacent countries]. Devrien, St. Petersburg, 1024 pp.]