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Australian Ladybird Beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)

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Australian Ladybird Beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)

Their Biology and Classification

Adam Slipinski   CSIRO

Colour plates, Illustrations
304 pages
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

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This book, by Australia's ladybird beetle specialist, Dr Adam Slipinski, illustrates Australia's diverse and fascinating ladybird beetle fauna — the commoner spotted species and the many others that are striped, glossy, and even very hairy. Most are predatory, but some are leaf feeders.

This book reviews all 57 currently recognised genera of Australian Coccinellidae, recognising 260 valid described species, and including some genera and species newly described here.

All genera are diagnosed, described and illustrated and a key to their identification is provided. Larvae of 30 species are described, illustrated and keyed.

Sets of colour and black and white plates display these often beautifully colourful beetles, and their key features.

The book is a must for all people interested in Australia's beetle fauna, in biocontrol and in natural resource management.

This book was originally published in hardback by Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) in 2007 and is now available in a digital format.


  • This book is the first revision of the whole of the Australian coccinellid fauna.
  • Written by Australia's ladybird beetle specialist, Dr Adam Slipinski.

Preface and acknowledgements
Material and methods
Biology and ecology of Coccinellidae
Coccinellidae in biological control
Morphology of adult beetles
Morphology of larvae and pupae
Phylogeny and classification of Coccinellidae
Australian Coccinellidae
Family Coccinellidae
Keys to identification of Australian genera of Coccinellidae
Review of the Australian genera of Coccinellidae
Genus erroneously recorded from Australia
Index of scientific names


 Adam Slipinski did his PhD and DSc in Poland where he worked for 20 years at the Museum and Institute of Zoology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw and held a joint appointed as the professor of biology at the University of Zielona Gora teaching entomology and environmental biology. He is the author of over 100 research publications and editor of a two-volume book on the phylogeny and classification of beetles. Adam’s research concentrates on the phylogeny and higher classification of beetles.

The Australian Biological Resources Study is a Program within Parks Australia Division of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. ABRS publications include several internationally recognised series of books and software about Australia´s biodiversity, published in conjunction with CSIRO PUBLISHING, as well as a range of book and software products published alone or in conjunction with other agencies.


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