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Worldwide Bibliography of Aquatic and Semiaquatic Dryopoidea

This bibliography is an ongoing project to record the literature on aquatic and semiaquatic Dryopoidea (Families Dryopidae, Elmidae, Eulichadidae, Limnichidae, Psephenidae and Ptilodactylidae). It will never be complete in the sense that more is always being published. Also, there are many papers for which I have not located references, especially in the foreign literature. I suspect this bibliography is particularly deficient in citations from the Orient, Africa and the eastern Palearctic, from journals not indexed by citation services, and from the older literature.

Periodically I add more citations. Additionally, corrections are made when I discover them or someone points them out to me. Therefore, if you have previously received a copy of this bibliography it may be outdated. Please check the date at the bottom of the second page to determine the most current version.

Papers include herein are those that deal predominately with dryopoids. Those papers that include dryopoids only as part of a larger fauna are not included. There are a few exceptions here and there.


Cerambycidae are among the more important economic insects, annually causing tens of millions of dollars damage to forest wood products worldwide. A knowledge of faunal compositions, and an understanding of species biologies are essential to successful tropical silvicultural and forestry programs. Further, cerambycid beetles are highly diversified taxonomically and ecologically, and are closely-allied to their host plants; as such they may provide important data and evolutionary "clues" for ecological and zoogeographic studies.

There is no recent catalog or checklist of Cerambycidae for Madagascar. Some taxonomic groups have been treated fairly recently (Parandrinae and Prioninae by Quentin and Villiers in 1975; Lamiinae by Breuning in 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1971, 1975, 1980a, and 1980b) but other large groups, such as Cerambycinae and Lepturinae have not been recently treated. This is particularly significant for Lepturinae, because this subfamily, although almost completely absent from continental Africa, forms a significant component of the Malagasy fauna.

The area under consideration for this checklist includes all of the nearby offshore islands, such as Europa Island, Nosy-Be Island, and Sainte-Marie Island, as well as more distant island groups, such as the Comoro Islands and Seychelles.

This checklist should not be considered a finished product, but rather the best information that we currently have available.

Last Updated January 2009