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24.12.2010
The database of the map module just increased to 19,592 records. Thanks to Josef Bücker, Helga Becker, Jürgen Krebs and Reinhard Weidlich.

01.12.2010
The database of the map module just increased to 19,455 records. Thanks to Klaas Reißmann, Josef Bücker and Gerhard Schwab.

23.11.2010
The database of the map module makes a leap forward and increases to 19,296 records. Thanks to Thomas Forcke, Heidi Röder and Gerhard Schwab.

20.11.2010
The database of the map module just increased to 17,843 records. Thanks to Justus Vogt, Reinhard Weidlich, Josef Bücker, Karl Sauerbrey, Gerhard Schwab and Jochen Schwarz.

01.11.2010
Record of Sphaerosoma piliferum and Eucinetus haemorrhoidalis on the Heimberg near Waldböckelheim.

21.10.2010
The database of the map module just increased to 17,569 records. Thanks to Lennart Wessel, Reinhard Weidlich, Tobias Mainda und Patrick Tieben.

17.10.2010
Minor restructuring of the main menu bar: The TK25 module has moved from the menu "Tools" to the menu "Fauna". Furthermore, I added a new category "Download", which contains the short manuals for some kerbtier.de modules as well as templates for the submission of data to the kerbtier.de faunistic database.

15.10.2010
Record of Meloe rugosus in the Bössinger forest near Zeutern (Kraichgau, North Baden).

09.10.2010
I've just uploaded a small autumn update with 20 new species from several families. The number of species available on kerbtier.de increases to 2,300, the database of the map module to 17,375 records. Thanks to Svenja Christian, Klaus Fassl and Karolina Lüft for their contribution. I wish all visitors of kerbtier.de a pleasant stay on my site!

01.10.2010
The database of the map module just increased to 17,359 records. Thanks to Reinhard Weidlich, Dieter Bierbaß, Dieter Goebel-Berggold, Klaus Glawe and Andrea Scherber.

25.09.2010
From now on, the contact form allows the user to upload a photo, e.g. together with her/his inquiry for determination. The maximum file size is limited to 512 kB.

17.09.2010
The database of the map module just increased to 17,255 records. Thanks to Thomas Forcke, Josef Bücker, Ralf Benda and Petra Lang.

03.09.2010
Today there's finally some progress in the "topics" section: I've just uploaded a new topic page on the longhorn beetle Rosalia alpina. Klaas Reißmann contributed the text, and I'm deeply indebted to him for his tireless support of kerbtier.de. I also thank Irina Würtele for her critical review of the draft and helpful comments and suggestions.

27.08.2010
The database of the map module just increased to 16,954 records. Thanks to Gernot Medger, Josef Bücker, Reinhold Beikircher and Karl Sauerbrey.

25.08.2010
Four new records from the 'Heimberg' near Waldböckelheim (Rhineland-Palatinate): Coptocephala unifasciata, Coptocephala rubicunda, Cyphocleonus dealbatus und Chrysolina cerealis.

20.08.2010
The database of the map module just increased to 16,646 records. Thanks to Klaas Reißmann.

16.08.2010
The database of the map module just increased to 15,460 records. Thanks to Ingrid Altmann, Elke Finke, Marco and Charlotte Kalse as well as Thomas Wenzel for their contribution. For all other visitors: Take part in the project!

13.08.2010
With today's update I enhanced the map functionality on kerbtier.de: First of all, from now on there is a "standalone" version of the map module in the menu "Fauna". It allows searching for species by name and displaying their distribution in a map of Germany, even if the species is not yet available with a photo on kerbtier.de. Reliable data of coleopterists and beetle enthusiasts with a faunistic background are highly welcome! Klaas Reißmann made a first contribution to this project with nearly 4,000 records (thanks!). Long-term, I'd like to develop this project into a good overview of the German beetle fauna.

The map module is based on the map sheets of the German ordnance map TK25. Map sheet numbers of the TK25 are often mentioned in faunistic publications in Germany. Therefore, I've implemented an additional small map tool TK25, which can be used to find out the TK25 map sheet number for a given location and vice versa. The module is based on the Google Maps API V3. I've done the implementation in javascript (must be enabled in the browser to use the module).

Please enjoy the new functions! I hope that more colleagues will like this project and contribute their faunistic data to improve it further.

24.07.2010
I've just completed and uploaded a new map module on kerbtier.de. The new module allows displaying my beetle records in a map of Germany, clustered by the most recent year of discovery.
To display the map, simply click the little green map icon in the species overview (on the right of the species name). The locations have been normalized according to the map sheets of TK 25 (ordnance map). Enjoy the new function!

22.07.2010
Record of Aphodius zenkeri in the natural forest reserve 'Stuttpferch' in the forest 'Bienwald' and Vibidia duodecimguttata on the 'Friesenheimer Insel' in Mannheim.

17.07.2010
Record of Abdera affinis und Benibotarus taygetanus in the forest 'Bienwald' near Büchelberg (Palatinate).

13.07.2010
I've just uploaded the big summer update with 85 new species from 32 families. The number of species available on kerbtier.de increases to more than 2,280. Additionally, I've added new color patterns on the page variability of elytral color patterns in Coccinellidae (photos courtesy of Ingrid Altmann). I wish all visitors of kerbtier.de a pleasant stay on my site!

10.07.2010
Three notable records from Southwest Germany: Agrilus hyperici and Harpalus melancholicus from the Lampertheim Forest (South Hesse) and Allecula rhenana from the forest 'Untere Lußhardt' near Kirrlach (North Baden).

03.07.2010
22.06.2010
Record of Bryaxis collaris in the Schlierbach valley near Neuler (Württemberg).

15.06.2010
Three new records from the 'Heimberg' near Waldböckelheim (Rhineland-Palatinate) and from the city forest of Frankfurt (Hesse): Cylindromorphus filum, Labidostomis lucida and Trinodes hirtus.

08.06.2010
Two new records from the forest 'Bienwald' (Palatinate): Enicmus testaceus und Selatosomus cruciatus.

02.06.2010
Two new records from the 'Friesenheimer Insel', Mannheim: Otiorhynchus dieckmanni and Cyrtosus ovalis. This discovery of Cyrtosus ovalis constitutes the first record of the species in Germany. Thanks to Dr. Robert Constantin for checking the determination.

30.05.2010
Record of Lasiotrechus discus in the floodplain near Oberhausen-Rheinhausen.

25.05.2010
15.05.2010
Record of Attagenus punctatus in the city forest of Frankfurt.

13.05.2010
I've just uploaded a first small spring update with 21 new species from several families. The number of species available on kerbtier.de increases to 2,200. I wish all visitors of kerbtier.de a pleasant stay on my site!

09.05.2010
Record of Emus hirtus and Polydrusus sparsus in the forest 'Bienwald' (Southern Palatinate).

05.05.2010
The glossary of entomology terms just grew by 70 new terms. Thanks to Thomas Hörren for his contribution.

02.05.2010
Record of Hedobia regalis in the river Rhine floodplain near Philippsburg (North Baden).

19.04.2010
Record of Mycetophagus fulvicollis in the forest 'Untere Lußhardt' near Kirrlach (North Baden).

18.04.2010
Record of Rhynchaenus lonicerae from the arid floodplain near Grißheim (South Baden).

05.04.2010
The Family overview can now be sorted by "popularity" as well. That means the families will be ranked in descending order by number of visits on kerbtier.de.

02.04.2010
I've added a new feature on the starting page, a box with an overview of the most popular beetle families (ranked by number of visits on kerbtier.de). It allows quick access to the ten most wanted family overviews.

18.03.2010
Minor changes in the design of the starting page with rounded containers.

15.03.2010
Record of Orchesia luteipalpis from the forest 'Treburer Unterwald' near Mörfelden (South Hesse) online. Thanks to Frank Lange for the hint.

14.03.2010
The glossary of entomology terms just grew by 50 new terms. Thanks to Klaas Reißmann for his contribution.

07.03.2010
I've just started another RSS Feed on kerbtier.de. This feed is dedicated exclusively to recent records of notable beetle species recorded by the author in Germany. It is mainly aimed at skilled coleopterists active in faunistics, who want to keep track on all the news from the German beetle fauna. You can subscribe to the feed by clicking the link above or by clicking the large RSS icon on the record page.

27.02.2010
Record of Phloiophilus edwardsii from the forest 'Bössinger Wald' near Zeutern (Kraichgau) online.

25.02.2010
Starting today, kerbtier.de offers a RSS Feed. Those who want the stay tuned to all news on kerbtier.de are invited to subscribe.

22.02.2010
Today a user suggested an improvement in the module Search by appearance. So from now on, search results cannot only be sorted alphabetically and systematically, but also by body length. The manual has been revised accordingly.

18.02.2010
On March 1st, 2010 the new version of the Federal Nature Conservation Act will come into force. Therefore the topic page introducing the Federal Nature Conservation Act, the Federal Regulation for the Protection of Species and the FFH-Directive has been updated. Thanks to Maik Hausotte for his support.

15.02.2010
At the end of the winter season I've just uploaded another update on kerbtier.de: A new topic page on the phylogeny of the beetles from their origin in the Permian 300 million years ago until today. I also try to shed some light on the continental drift and changes in climate conditions during the history of the earth. To make this site would have been impossible without the support with photos and maps by a number of scientists from paleontology and geology. Their support is gratefully acknowledged. I also thank Irina Würtele and Klaas Reißmann for their review of the draft and helpful comments and suggestions.

24.01.2010
I've just uploaded six new book reviews on the literature page. Thanks to Dr. Andreas Müller who made this contribution to kerbtier.de. I also thank all the publishers, who granted permission to use the pictures of their respective book covers and 2-page previews.

16.01.2010
And another new topic page on the jewel beetle Agrilus biguttatus. Special thanks to Klaas Reißmann for the text and some photos of the larva and the woodpecker marks. I also want to thank Petr Zábranský for the photograph of Agrilus guerini.

09.01.2010
In order to keep the former featured species, I've created a new page with a complete overview of all species previously presented. The link to the new page can be found in the main menu bar under the entry "Fauna".

08.01.2010
Klaas Reißmann contributed a new topic page on the Click beetle Lacon querceus, which I've just uploaded. Thanks, Klaas! I also want to thank Josef Mertlik (www.elateridae.com) for the kind permission to use his nice photographs of mounted specimen of three Lacon species and of Danosoma fasciata for this page.

01.01.2010
I wish all visitors of kerbtier.de a happy and successful New Year 2010! And of course, lots of beetles...

So as a start into the New Year, I've just uploaded a new page with tips and hints on books and literature about beetles and coleopterology. Many thanks go to Klaas Reißmann, who did not only have the initial idea for the page, but also invested a tremendous amount of time and effort to realize it. Besides, I made a few minor changes to the main menu bar: The new literature page can be found under "Tools", together with the glossary and my selection of beetle links. Furthermore, I replaced "Home" by a tiny house symbol, thus creating free space in the menu bar for new stuff ;-). I wish all of you a pleasant stay on kerbtier.de!



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