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We would like to cordially invite you to attend the XVIth European Carabidologists meeting.

The decision was made during the XVth European Carabidologists Meeting in Daugavpils, Latvia, August 2011 that in two years the organization will move to the Czech Republic for the first time. We are pleased to announce that the XVIth European Carabidologists Meeting will take place in September 22-27, 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic. This meeting is being organized under the auspices and with the financial support of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Czech Republic and the Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic. The Organization Committee includes specialists from Crop Research Institute (Prague), Czech University of Life Sciences (Prague) and Administration of the České Středohoří Landscape Protected Area (Litoměřice).

 

 

 

Czech carabidology

 

Research on carabid beetles has always formed an important part within Czech entomology, both at professional and amateur level, due to natural beauty and attractiveness of carabid beetles to collectors and nature admirers. Czech carabidology left notable traces in the science of the world Carabidae. Several names of important Czech carabid researchers from the past can be mentioned in this occasion.

Edmund Reitter (1845-1920) published 5 volumes book “Fauna Germanica” (1908-1916), which provided a list of central European beetles, including carabid beetles, and also published several identification keys to beetles. František Sokolář (1851-1913) studied mainly intraspecific variability within the genus Carabus, and described many forms and varieties in several Carabus species. František Štěrba (1865-1951) published the first volume of identification keys to Czechoslovak Carabidae – Carabini (1945). Arnošt Jedlička (1888-1968) described more than 1000 species of carabid beetles from Asia, many of them still are valid taxa, e.g. of the genera Bembidion, Clivina, Chlaenius or Amara. Karel Kult (1918-1998) published the first identification key to the whole family Carabidae of Czechoslovakia (1947), which was frequently used until recently. He described many species of Carabidae, also from central Europe. Miloš Fassati (1921-1997) was the re-known expert on the genera of Amara and Bembidion worldwide, and described many taxa of these genera. Karel Hůrka (1931-2004) was a world leading expert in morphology and taxonomy of carabid larvae, and published modern identification key to Czech and Slovak Carabidae (1996).

From this point, it is surprising that XVIth ECM meeting will be the first one hosted in the Czech Republic. XVIth European Carabidologists Meeting is therefore an excellent opportunity to celebrate this long tradition of Czech carabidology research.