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( 27 ) IV. Co7ifributions to an Insect Fauna of the Amazon Valleij. Coleoptera — Staphylinida'. Bj D. Sharp, M.B. [Read 2nd February, 187C.] There is probably no part of the world outside of the temperate zones of whose insect fauna we know so much as Ave do of that of the valley of the Amazon. During a long residence in this interesting region ]\Ir. Bates formed rich collections of its Insecta, and since his return to Europe has published numerous important memoirs de-scriptive of these stores. Mr. Bates naturally selected for study those groups which are best known, aiid about which therefore most interest is felt by entomologists ; and some few years ago he made over to me the whole of the specimens in his possession of Amazonian Staphylinida:, with the hope that I should be able to examine and describe them. While I was engaged in this task, Dr. J. W. H. Trail, of Aberdeen, made a journey to the Amazon valley in the interesis of natural history, and on his return handed over to me, in the most disinterested manner, the Stajjhy-linidce (and some other Coleoptej-a) collected by him, and, as the result, I found myself in possession of an important supplement to Mr. Bates' collection. I have also received through JNIr. Janson a few species of the family collected at Para by Mr. H. H. Smith three or four years ago, and one or two interesting species from the upper portion of the valley, collected by Mr. Hauxwell, have reached me. I am thus enabled to enumerate a considerable number of species of the family as inhabiting the valley of the Amazon ; a lai'ge proportion of these species are small, obscure and imattractive to the general collector, but perhaps on this account their importance just now to the genuine student of nature is all the greater ; for there is prevalent a generally entertained, but I believe quite erroneous, opinion as to the existence of minute and obscure species of insects in the tropics. It appears to be generally supposed that small and unattractive species of insects which we all know to be so numerous in temperate TRANS. ENT. SOC. 1876. — PART I. (mAY.)

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IV. Contributions to an Insect Fauna of the Amazon Valley. Coleoptera—Staphylinidæ

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Transactions of The Royal Entomological Society of London 24: 27-424 (1876)

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