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Collecting trip to Sint Eustatius results in 15 new beetles for the Dutch Caribbean Islands

Sytske de Waart - 7 October 2021
Trichobaris bridwelli, one of the beetles new for Sint Eustatius. / Photo: Jan-Joost Mekkes

In February and March 2020 Jan-Joost Mekkes visited St. Eustatius to collect various insect groups. The beetles collected during this trip were identified by Ed Colijn. Forty-six species could be identified to genus or species level. Twenty-one of these were new for the island and 15 even for the Dutch Antilles. This research brings the number of beetle species currently known to occur on St. Eustatius to 117, which is about a quarter of the number of species expected to be present on the island. There still remains al lot to be discovered. 

References: 

Ed Colijn & Jan-Joost Mekkes, 2021. Results of an entomological collecting trip to St. Eustatius (Coleoptera). Entomologische Berichten 81(5), 182-190.