Date of Award

1975

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Author's Department

Zoology

First Advisor

Michael Goodrich

Abstract

A faunal study of the family Silphidae in Illinois was made through examination of over 1400 specimens. A brief history of the taxonomy of the family and a description of silphid ecology was presented. Keys to the tribes, genera, and species of adult Silphidae occurring in Illinois were divised. Four genera and sixteen species of silphids are described, supplemented with drawings and distribution maps.

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