Dutch Caribbean Species Register

Overview of the biodiversity of Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten

Naturalis’ fieldwork on Sint Eustatius

Photos: Jeroen van der Brugge and Berry van der Hoorn

Updated catalogue of more than 350 beetles of the Dutch Caribbean

Sytske de Waart - 27 May 2021
Ed Colijn sampling beetles in one of the plots at The Quill, St. Eustatius (4-x-2015). / Photo: Elisabeth Haber

In December 2020, a beetle catalogue of the Dutch Caribbean was published in the Dutch journal 'Tijdschrift voor Entomologie'. The voluminous paper, comprising 120 pages, provides the first critical review of the beetle species reported from the (former) Dutch Caribbean up to 2020 as well as a history of beetle collecting and collectors on the islands. The number of known beetle species at the Dutch Caribbean is currently 363, of which 62 species in this catalogue are new for the Dutch Caribbean. The hypothesized number of beetle species present on the islands is about 5 times as much: 1815. This illustrates the fact that there is still a lot more to discover.

References: 

Colijn, E. & B. van der Hoorn, 27 January 2021. The very first overview of beetles of the Dutch Antilles. Nature Today. [link]

Colijn, E.O., Beentjes, K.K., Butôt, R., Miller, J.A., Smit, J.T., Winter, A.J. de, Hoorn, B. van der 2019. A catalogue of the Coleoptera of the Dutch Antilles. Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 162: 67-186. [link]