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Notes on the coleopterous fauna of the Kalahari

E Holm, C.H Scholtz, S.V.d.M Louw, Mary-Loise Penrith
Koedoe | Supplement | a576 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koedoe.v27i2.576 | © 1984 E Holm, C.H Scholtz, S.V.d.M Louw, Mary-Loise Penrith | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 December 1984 | Published: 01 December 1984

About the author(s)

E Holm, University of Pretoria, South Africa
C.H Scholtz, University of Pretoria, South Africa
S.V.d.M Louw, National Museum, South Africa
Mary-Loise Penrith, Transvaal Museum, South Africa

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Three essays on aspects of the beetle fauna of the Kalahari are presented. The first deals with the problem of defining the Kalahari zoogeographically. Two hundred distribution maps of species from three beetle families were analysed to outline the region (I). The second compares the ground-living beetles of the Kalahari to those of the Namib, with reference to faunistic composition and ecological niches (II). The third investigates the origin of the sand-adapted tenebrionid beetles of the Kalahari, with special reference to the tribes Adesmiini and Zophosini (III).


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