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NOTE: As of 2014, the California Beetle Project page is no longer updated. The original database and list of California beetles in the menu on the left will remain for the time being, but the information contained within is not necessarily current. SBMNH Entomology Curator Matthew L. Gimmel has divided up the function of the original database into two conceptual halves:

  1. The SBMNH Entomology specimen-level database, including all SBMNH beetle specimens included in the CBP database, which is now available (and ever-growing) through the ecdysis portal at

  2. A literature- (and available specimen-)based checklist.
  3. of the Coleoptera of California, which is being revised and re-compiled by Dr. Gimmel, and, as of January 2017, is about 85% complete.

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Funded in part by award DEB0447694 from the National Science Foundation to M. Caterino.

Last updated 01/16/2009

 California Beetle Project > Links

Useful web resources about beetles

Wikipedia - Beetles

An online encyclopedia with great general information on beetle anatomy, biology and classification.

The Coleopterists Society

The official site of the international professional society devoted to beetles.

Field Guide to California Beetles

This site (hosted at SBMNH) offers supplementary information and images for Art Evans and Jim Hogue's recently published field guide (available from the University of California Press).

Beetles in the Tree of Life

Explore what we know about the beetle branch of the tree of life so far. Includes discussion of characters of major beetle groups, their evolutionary history, and many photographs.

The Beetle Tree of Life Project

Site showcasing an NSF-funded collaboration to resolve evolutionary relationships among all major groups of beetles.

Museum of Comparative Zoology (Harvard) type database

Searchable database with photographs and data from Harvard's rich beetle collection, including the types of LeConte, Horn, Fall, and others.


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