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Introducing the Website

As all pursuers of a fascinating, if somewhat peculiar passion, I wanted to share my research activity and that of my collaborators with other people that, like us, are fascinated by the world of insects, especially Lucanidae. After several year of absence from scientific entomological work, due to my time at the university and my degree dissertation, I moved back from the US to Germany. Thus I started again to collect and study my favourite kind of insects – ‘Lucanidae’.

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A few years ago, during the assistance for describing a new Lucanus species, I was immediately gripped again by this fascinating group of Lucanidae. But other species of Lucanidae are no less interesting, like the Cyclommatus, Hexarthrius, Odontolabis and many more. Many specimens are still unknown and are still waiting to be discovered. Therefore, I developed this website to provide information about Lucanidae from different regions in the world.

“The affinities of all the beings of the same class have sometimes been represented by a great tree… As buds give rise by growth to fresh buds, and these if vigorous, branch out and overtop on all sides many a feebler branch, so by generation I believe it has been with the great Tree of Life, which fills with its dead and broken branches the crust of the earth, and covers the surface with its ever branching and beautiful ramifications.” Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882)

Your comments, contributions and suggestions for the advancement of this website are welcome!
Thank you very much!

Frank