Marcela & Miguel Monné
This website is a collaborative effort among several individuals. Steven Lingafelter (USDA) conceptualized the database and coordinated all the elements to bring it to fruition. Miguel Monné (Museu Nacional Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) entered bibliographic information and checked for errors. Eugenio (Gino) Nearns (APHIS/PPQ/NIS) developed the website, prepared the online searchable database, took many photos and edited them for aesthetic web presentation. Rick Stanley (Bethesda, Maryland) took over two-thirds of the photos, and did preliminary enhancement in Photoshop. Michael Biondi thoroughly checked the data fields against the original descriptions and also provided citation data.
The Smithsonian Institution currently has over 2,100 primary types for Cerambycoidea (families Cerambycidae, Disteniidae, Oxypeltidae, and Vesperidae). Authors of these types include Aurivillius, Breuning, Casey, Chemsak, Dillon & Dillon, Fisher, Galileo, Gressitt, Kriesche, Lane, Linell, Lingafelter, Linsley, Martins, Melzer, Micheli, Monné, Nearns, Schaeffer, Schwarzer, Tippmann, and many others. The types represent fauna from over 30 countries from Afghanistan to Zaire, literally from A to Z, although emphasis is on the United States, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. We have set up the search page to allow users to find images of types by tribe, by country, by author, by original name, or by current name if different (note: current names of Old World species have not yet been checked, so it is best to use original combination for those searches).
As with any database, this is a work-in-progress, and will continue to be refined and enhanced indefinitely. We expect that this site will be immediately useful to the many researchers, port-identifiers, ecologists, and lay-persons worldwide interested in identifying adult longhorned woodboring beetles.
You may also be interested in these Cerambycoid holotoype websites:
TITAN: Catalog of the Cerambycidae of the World
Catalogue of the Cerambycidae (Coleoptera) of the Neotropical Region
Photographic Catalog of the Cerambycidae of the World
Florida State Collection of Arthropods, Gainesville, FL (FSCA)
Museo de Historia Natural Noel Kempff Mercado, Santa Cruz, Bolivia (MNKM)
Museu de Ciências Naturais, Fundação Zoobotânica do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil (MCNZ)
Museu Nacional Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (MNRJ)
Museu de Zoologia Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil (MZSP)
Zayas Collection, Havana, Cuba