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Beetles in Conservation

T. R. New

ISBN: 978-1-444-31862-3 March 2010 Wiley-Blackwell 248 Pages


Beetles, the most diverse group of insects, are often abundant in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems. Many species are under threat from human changes to natural environments, and some are valuable tools in conservation, because they respond rapidly to changes that occur. Knowledge of these responses, of both abundance and composition of assemblages, enable use of some beetles to monitor environmental changes. Beetles impinge on humanity on many ways: as cultural objects, desirable collectables, major pests and competitors for resources need by people, as beneficial consumers of other pests, and by ensuring the continuity of vital ecological processes. This book is the first major global overview of the importance of conservation of beetles, and brings together much hitherto scattered information to demonstrate the needs for conservation, and how it may be approached. It is a source of value to students, research workers, conservation biologists and ecosystem managers as an introduction to the richness and importance of this predominant component of invertebrate life.


1 Introduction.

Beetles and conservation.

Beetle extinctions and extirpations.

Beetle diversity.

Beetle recognition and identification.

Sampling and surveying beetles for conservation.

Studying rare species.

Evaluating conservation status and significance.

2 Practical Conservation: Basic Approaches and Considerations.

Species importance.

Planning for species conservation.

Population structure and beetle dispersal.

Beetle assemblages for conservation.

3 Threats to Beetles: the Role of Habitat.


Habitats and resources in the landscape.

Habitat gradients for beetles.

Remnant habitat values: brownfield sites.

Islands and island habitats.

4 Collecting and over-collecting.

Commercial collecting.

Bycatch and collector responsibility.

5 Alien species.

Effects and interactions with native beetles and other organisms.

Alien beetles as vectors.

6 Pollution and Climate Change.


Climate change.

7 Components of Beetle Species Conservation: Ex Situ Conservation.

Ex situ conservation.

New populations.

Salvage or rescue operations.


8 Threats or Management: the Conservation Manager’s Dilemma.


Manipulating beetle populations.

Habitat restoration.

9 Conservation Lessons from Beetles.

Water beetles.

Ground beetles and tiger beetles.

Dung beetles.

Stag beetles.

Jewel beetles.


Longhorn beetles.

10 Concluding Thoughts.



“Overall, I found that Beetles in Conservationis an impressive consolidation of the current beetle literature. Thus, I highly recommend it for anyone involved in the conservation, management or study of beetles (or indeed, most other insect orders) worldwide.”  (Austral Ecology, 1 November 2012)

"Beetles in Conservation gives a comprehensive overview of an admittedly vast subject that will be added to by other studies of a far more restricted nature. Professor New is to be congratulated on writing a text that will be valued and quoted and which will inspire everyone interested in both Coleoptera and conservation." (J Insect Conserv, 2010)

"This scholarly work brings together in a single volume information derived from a selection of widely scattered studies, making it valuable to advanced students and researchers in several disciplines, notably entomology, conservation biology, invertebrate ecology, and wildlife management. Practicing professionals entrusted with the conservation of fragile natural resources will also find much to interest them here." (CHOICE, December 2010)