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The California beetle database
Welcome to the online California beetle database. This database contains over 50,000 records of beetle species in California, including collection and literature records. About one-third of the records are georeferenced and mappable. The database is literally growing daily, so check back often.
The simple search should serve most users' needs. It produces species lists for a specified family, genus, county or managed area, and provides links to species pages, specimen data and maps. The advanced search permits more detailed queries for specialist users. The Taxonomy Browser is the place to start if you want to drill down through a list of all families, then genera and species in the database.
The search forms have been designed to be user-friendly. Additional information on selected items can be found where you see the red info button. These open 'pop-up' windows with instructions. If you have pop-ups blocked in your browser, you may wish either to change that setting, or open the pdf, Instructions for using Simple Search.
If you are interested in contributing data or images, please see our Contributors page.
For details on how the database works see the CBP informatics page.
Your comments and questions are encouraged. Please direct all feedback to Michael Caterino, project director.