Geographical coverage

The geographical coverage of the Museum’s beetle collection is worldwide and has excellent historical coverage of:

  • Australasia
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • South East Asia
  • Japan and the Indian Subcontinent

It is uneven though, with notable weaknesses from:

  • Eastern Europe
  • Northern Asia
  • China
  • North Africa
  • North and South America

Contemporary fieldwork has often been concentrated on South America in an attempt to redress this situation.

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Dicronorrhina derbyana beetle photographed on a fieldtrip to Tanzania (Credit: Hitoshi Takano)

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