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Collection of Beetles.

THE late Mr. Thomas G. Sloane of Morilla station, Young (New South Wales), was well known throughout the scientific world as an expert on

certain.-kinds of Australian beetles. In. the "Poet at the Breakfast^Table" there is a passage in which an entomologist.. exclaims: "I am often spoken of as_&-. coleopterist, but I have no .right to . so comprehensive a name. The genus . Scarabaeus is what I have: chiefly coni fined myself to—call me, a Scarabee isi" The late Mrf Sloane, •on this principle, fully ; merited- the title of C&rabidist, for he was an expert on the great group of ground beetles, or Carabidae, and on .the smaller, families related to this group. On >hjis death Mr. Sloane-willed all' his possessions •to his wife; but Mrs., Sloane knew that he had intended to present his. great collection- to the Museum of Economic -Entomology at Canberra, of = which ; Dr. R. J. Tillyard is the director. Ac-; .■• . cordingly Mrs. Sloane has generously ; donated the collection to the museum afc ! .Canberra. Commenting on the gilt Dr. j .Ti.'lyard said: "If the man in the street ! wants to comprehend what the study ! .'of beetles means, let him contemplate the following figures:—There are more • species of insects in the world than.; there are of all.other species of ani- ' mals and plants combined. About half r a-million species of insects have al- ' ready-been scientifically described, and ;' many more remain to- be dealt with.: j •OX^ these, ■ .about. 42 per cent. ; are \ bettles! Australia alone possesses about •l7,ooo described species, of beetles, and \ only one man, the.late Mr. A. M. Lea, \ ever got within, nodding acquaintance i of mbstofrtheni. The great group, of j .Ctjraboid beetles, of which the JaiW j Mi\ iSloane was an authority, number- I cd. some 2000 Australian species; 'for { the whole world the number in this ' group is about -30,000. He added that i Mi. Sloane had been interested in : '(Jnraboid beetles from all over ihe ! world. Some years ago he purchased ; for £600 the Van der Poll collection j of about 300 boxes- of these beetles ; ;from all parts of the world, and this \ .fine collection now formfe part of the j Thomas Sloane collection. : . . ;

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