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Revista del Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales

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ROIG-JUNENT, Sergio; RUIZ-MANZANOS, Eider  and  AGRAIN, Federico A. La exploración científica en el sur de América del Sur a lo largo de 237 años: Un ejemplo con Carabidae (Coleoptera). Rev. Mus. Argent. Cienc. Nat. [online]. 2013, vol.15, n.2, pp.151-160. ISSN 1853-0400.

Carabidae are one richest families of Coleoptera. A total of 39 tribes are known from austral South America (76.4 % of the Neotropical fauna). Tribal richness is characteristic of transition zones, in this case, between the Neotropical and the Andean regions. The number of occuring species in Austral South America represents 23 % of the Neotropical species, with many endemic and relictual tribes, mainly of Pangeic or Gondwanic origin. Many years of work were needed to reach this knowledge on Austral South American Carabidae. The present contribution present a synopsis to scientific knowledge during all this time, including scientific studies of the carabid fauna of southern South America through 237 years of systematic work. The tendencies that seem to have influenced the description rates during this time are also indicated. Political, economic and historical events are analysed considering their influence on the amount of described taxa.

Keywords : History; Systematics; Coleoptera; Carabidae; South America.

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