Steven W. Lingafelter has been a Research Entomologist with the Systematic Entomology Laboratory, United States Department of Agriculture, based at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History since 1996. He received his Bachelor and Master of Science Degrees in Biology at Midwestern State University (Wichita Falls, Texas) in 1989 and 1991, respectively, advised by Norman Horner. He received his Doctorate in Entomology advised by the late Steve Ashe at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, Kansas) in 1996. He has published over 60 papers and 4 books on beetle systematics and taxonomy, with an emphasis on Neotropical Cerambycidae. Eugenio H. Nearns is a United States Department of Agriculture Postdoctoral Researcher at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Science degrees from the University of Florida (Gainesville, Florida) in 1996 and 2006, respectively. He received his Doctorate in Biology from the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, New Mexico) in 2013. He has published 33 papers on beetle systematics and taxonomy, with an emphasis on Neotropical Cerambycidae. He has developed and maintained many websites that can be accessed from http-//cerambycids.com/. Gerard Luc Tavakilian, after studying biochemistry at Paris University, was employed as a Research Entomologist by the Institut de recherche pour le developpement (IRD; a French government institute for researchers abroad). He spent four years in the Ivory Coast and 19 years in French Guiana, where he primarily studied Cerambycidae in relation with their host trees. He initiated a database of American species of Cerambycidae in 1996 and decided to enlarge his project to
The National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution) houses an outstanding insect collection. Its assemblage of longhorned beetles alone comprises approximately 8,000 species that have been identified and put into a database (this number likely will double when the collection is fully curated). With some 2,100 primary type specimens, this is one of the finest collections of its type in the world and an invaluable resource for researchers in the field of entomology. Holdings of primary-type specimens by museums and academic institutions are of particular importance to entomologists interested in studying originally described type specimens. In this first complete catalogue of the Smithsonian's longhorned woodboring beetle collection, a list of all primary specimen types is made available. Following this is a collection of color plates illustrating each specimen as a thumbnail image. A short introduction provides an interesting historical perspective on the Smithsonian's collection of Cerambycidae. The photographs may be of limited interest to beetle enthusiasts; however, the text will be particularly valuable to specialists interested in beetle taxonomy, including graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and professional staff. --D. A. Brass, independent scholar
Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students through professionals.