RES Handbook Vol 4 Part 2. Coleoptera. Carabidae

THE family Carabidae is here treated in its widest sense, that, is including also the Tiger-beetles which have often been regarded as a separate family, the Cicindelidae. The Carabidae constitute one of the largest families of beetles, with approximately 352 species known from the British Isles (including a few that were apparently never established). The family is usually placed at the beginning of the classification of Coleoptera, but this does not necessarily mean that it comprises the most primitive and phylogenetically oldest beetles. In fact, the family Cupedidae, not represented in the present European fauna, is much closer to this position (see Crowson, 1950-54, 1955).
Carl H. Lindroth
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