Translated from Dutch news agency ANP:
March 10, 2010 08:09
AMSTERDAM – Over the last forty years in the Netherlands, 333 new beetle species have been discovered and 475 species have disappeared. In total there are now over 4100 species known. This is shown by a list that was presented Wednesday by the Netherlands Entomological Society (NEV).
But in the past, many species have been overlooked. Other species were even completely unknown and only recently described scientifically.
For the new NEV-catalog more than 22,000 beetles, which are preserved in museum collections, were re-examined.
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