Chile’s singular configuration and its extreme variation in latitude provide a highly versatile environment where thousands of unique species can be found. Its biodiversity is expressed by multiple habitats throughout the country. Chile has been referred to as an “Ecological Island” due to its natural barriers: the Atacama Desert at the North, the Pacific Ocean in the West, the Andes Mountains in the East, and the sub-Antartic climate in the South.
This book is intented to illustrate Chilean Beetles biodiversity and biogeography. There are 3730 species described and the selecction of beetles herein included was based on species richness, species rarity, and species with and unusual morphological aspect. The main core of this book is Chapter Seven, where 50 beetles families are arranged in sustematic order.
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