Scarabaeidae (Scarab beetles) - Uncovering Gondwana

The Scarabaeidae family with 27-30,000 recognised species is the most diverse member of the Superfamily Scarabaeoidea constituting over 90% of its species, and one of the most species-rich families of beetles as a whole. More than three-quarters of species in Scarabaeidae are phytophagous. A recent study by Adam Slipinski and colleagues (2018) provides convincing evidence that the extraordinary diversity of phytophagous beetles, including Scarabaeidae, can be attributed to co-evolution with angiosperms (flowering plants) in the Cretaceous.

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