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Skelley PE, Frank JH. 2020. In Memoriam: Michael C. Thomas. May 5, 1948–October 4, 2019. Insecta Mundi 0829: 1–32.


Michael C. Thomas Festschrift Contribution

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Published on December 25, 2020 by Center for Systematic Entomology, Inc. P.O. Box 141874 Gainesville, FL 32614-1874 USA


We honor the life and accomplishments of Michael C. Thomas with a short narrative of his professional life along with appendices listing his scientific artwork, bibliography and patronyms. This paper is the first of a Festschrift with contributed remembrances and separate papers honoring him with additional patronyms.

This and the following set of papers published in Insecta Mundi are dedicated to Michael C. Thomas, as tribute and thanks from a small number of those he mentored or assisted throughout his life. Mike’s contributions to the study of beetles and as a member of the Insecta Mundi Editorial Board, editing and producing the journal for 30 years, were deemed significant enough to allow a paper outside our normal guidelines. The following pages highlight the life and accomplishments of Michael C. Thomas.