An Inordinate Fondness for (Water) Beetles
  • Stonehouse Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University

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Beetles have colonised water at least 20 times from different terrestrial ancestors, these events giving rise to independent aquatic radiations, many of which occur across the entire spectrum of inland water habitat types.

With more than 12,000 described species, water beetles are abundant, speciose and ecologically important organisms in almost all non-marine aquatic habitats, from water filled tree holes to larger lakes and rivers, and can be found on all continents except Antarctica. Their wide geographical and ecological range, coupled with high species richness and relatively stable taxonomy, make these insects ideal for addressing a range of ecological and evolutionary questions, as well as being fascinating in their own right – themes which will be explored in this inaugural lecture.

The inaugural professorial lecture will be given by David Bilton, Professor in Aquatic Biology from the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

This lecture is open to all. Light refreshments will be available from 17:30 and the lecture starts at 18:00.

To book a place, please contact Paula Simson (email: / tel: 01752 584503).

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This image shows ten species of water beetle from seven separate families, not to scale. 

Eight of the species illustrated were first found by Professor Bilton, and three of them are still to be named and formally described.

Click here to download full-sized image as a PDF (10Mb)

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