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10.12.2013
Today I added a new module to the menu "Tools": On the new page Etymology the user can search for the meaning of the scientific species names of the beetles of the German fauna. Often they are derived from Latin or ancient Greek and describe the beetle and its properties. The new functionality can also be used from all species overviews on kerbtier.de: Just click the newly added symbol . The new functionality is based on the book "Erklärung der wissenschaftlichen Käfernamen aus Reitters Fauna Germanica" by Sigmund Schenkling, published in 1917 at K.G. Lutz in Stuttgart. I have added some editorial amendments and translated the entire work into English. I hope all visitors will find the new functionality useful!

03.12.2013
The faunistic database just increased to 39,102 records, the number of contributors to 388. Thanks to all who contributed their faunistic records in this update cycle.

12.10.2013
The faunistic database just increased to 38,864 records, the number of contributors to 378. Thanks to all contributors!

31.08.2013
The faunistic database just increased to 38,435 records, the number of contributors to 355. Thanks to all contributors!

10.08.2013
The faunistic database just increased to 38,166 records, the number of contributors to 336. Thanks to all who contributed their faunistic records in this update cycle.

28.07.2013
The faunistic database just increased to 37,507 records, the number of contributors to 322. Thanks to all contributors!

13.07.2013
I've just uploaded the gallery update with 28 new species from 12 families. The number of species available on kerbtier.de increases to 2,432. At the same time the database of the map module increases to 36,660 records, the number of contributors to 297. I wish all visitors a pleasant stay on kerbtier.de!

06.07.2013
The database of the map module just increased to 36,402 records, the number of contributors to 282. Thanks to all!

22.06.2013
The database of the map module just increased to 36,074 records. Thanks to all contributors!

09.06.2013
Observation of the weevil Pseudocleonus grammicus near Waldstetten (Swabian Jura).

08.06.2013
The database of the map module just increased to 35,228 records. Thanks to all contributors!

07.06.2013
Today I uploaded a new search module to complement the recently updated module for userdefined photo comparisons. This module allows to search the photo comparisons compiled and published by kerbtier.de users.

01.06.2013
The module for the comparison of photos has been around on kerbtier.de for quite a few years now. Today I uploaded the new version 4. It allows the user to save and publish comparisons he produced with the module (e.g. of three similar Anthaxia species). Just compile your desired comparison, press the new button "save and publish" and use the resulting link to share your comparison with other users, e.g. in an internet forum. The new functionality is protected by the captcha already known from the contact form of kerbtier.de. The saved comparisons will remain permanently available, there will be no dead links in the future. From time to time I will review the comparisons; especially well made comparisons will become searchable on kerbtier.de - but for that I need to do some more programming. The idea by the way is from Klaas Reißmann. Thanks, Klaas, that was a good one!

29.05.2013
Today I revised the main menu bar on kerbtier.de in a specific detail: The headlines of the menu (Families, Topics, Search, Identify etc.) do not bear hyperlinks anymore. On the one hand it was anyway not really logical, why the title would be linked with one of the subentry pages. On the other hand, it was bothersome for smartphone and tablet users, because when touching the menu title the system rather than opening the menu tree instead jumped to the linked page. In case the menu looks somewhat crumpled upon the first visit after this change please just click refresh in your browser to load the updated CSS stylesheet.

28.05.2013
Record of Psilothrix viridicoeruleus near Neuleiningen (Anterior Palatinate).

22.05.2013
Record of Omphalapion buddebergi, Cryptocephalus schaefferi, Blaps lethifera and Phytoecia icterica near Neuleiningen (Anterior Palatinate).

15.05.2013
The database of the map module just increased to 34,429 records. Thanks to all contributors!

12.05.2013
Record of Tychius cuprifer and Ethelcus denticulatus near Neuleiningen (Anterior Palatinate).

06.05.2013
Record of Phymatodes pusillus at the Felsenberg near Schloßböckelheim (Nahe valley).

27.04.2013
The database of the map module just increased to 34,259 records. Thanks to all contributors!

21.04.2013
Record of Batrisus formicarius and Cymindis axillaris at the Heimberg near Waldböckelheim (Nahe valley).

01.04.2013
Today I uploaded a small bunch of spring updates: The new book of Manfred Niehuis on the Checkered beetles of Rhineland-Palatinate and the Saarland is reviewed on the literature page. Furthermore, the number of records in the map module increases to 34,095. Thanks to all who contributed in this update cycle with their records. And last but not least I've implemented a overview of those beetle species which are most frequently requested for ID - just as quick check for users before submitting their own requests.

03.03.2013
I've just uploaded the minor gallery update with 8 new species from the second half of 2012. The number of species available on kerbtier.de increases to 2,406. At the same time the database of the map module increases to 33,951 records. Thanks to all contributors, who submitted their data in this map module update.

18.02.2013
The module Search by name has been completely redesigned and improved. Starting today, it allows searches with up to three freely selectable criteria including their logical conjunction. Its user interface very much resembles the module search for ID requests.

16.02.2013
The database of the map module makes another huge leap forward and increases to 33,746 records. Thanks to all contributors, especially Michael Stern!

03.02.2013
The database of the map module just increased to 32,859 records. Thanks to all contributors!

23.01.2013
The search module for answered ID requests has received an improved user interface. It allows users to define searches with up to five freely selectable criteria including their logical conjunction. Please don't forget to press refresh in your browser when first visiting the page to reload the updated stylesheets and javascript.

06.01.2013
The database of the map module just increased to 32,565 records. Thanks to all contributors, especially to Klaas Reißmann.

04.01.2013
Today after a long pause I just uploaded a new topic page on kerbtier.de dealing with the ladybirds of Germany. Besides chapters on morphology, development, parasites and distribution of the species it also contains concise fact sheets of the more than 80 species of the German Fauna. I thank the author of the topic page, Klaas Reißmann, for his valuable contribution. Furthermore, I cordially thank Irina Würtele and Ingrid Altmann for reviewing the draft and helpful comments and suggestions as well as Ingrid Altmann, Jutta Bastian, Brian Brown, Fred Chevaillot, Patrick Derennes, Josef Dvořák, Eric LeRoy, Rudolf Macek, Heidi Röder and Lynette Schimming for their generous support with photos.

01.01.2013
I wish all visitors of kerbtier.de a happy and prosperous New Year 2013 and lots of fun with the beetle hobby!

New Year 2013




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