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April 2004


Published in The Coleopterists Bulletin, 58(1):118. 2004. Copyright © 2004 M.J. Paulsen. Used by permission.


In Scarab Beetles of South Carolina, Harpootlian has clearly channeled a love of collecting and nomenclature into a valuable publication that fills a void in the identification of the North American scarab fauna. This effectively illustrated work covers 289 taxa and provides keys to adults for all genera and species of scarabs from South Carolina. Each species treatment includes synonymies, brief descriptions, months of adult activity, South Carolina county records, and broad geographical distribution. Whenever possible, the author has included additional remarks highlighting life history information or label data that all researchers and collectors crave. Generic synonymies and descriptions are provided as well and are broadly useful, since virtually all commonly encountered eastern North American genera are covered.

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