Australian Flower Beetle Research Collection (AFBRC)
The purpose of the AFBRC is to increase knowledge and establish and maintain a research and reference collection of the flower beetles (Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae) which occur in Australia.
Habitat loss and alteration are a threat to the flower beetles. By means of this project we seek to gain and disseminate knowledge through scientific publications in well-known journals, and to preserve representative specimens in a dried specimen and ethanol collection, possibly in a long-term (cryogenic) specimen bank and via DNA-sampling.
AFBRC projects and publications are with the support of the CSIRO. A project on the genetics of the Australian flower beetles and initiated by AFBRC is in collaboration with the Australian Museum, Sydney. One of the projects of the AFBRC is a molecular phylogeny. Read the ResearchGate project description.
Ultimately, the AFBRC will become part of the Queensland Museum insect collection. Some duplicate specimens will be donated to the Australian National Insect Collection (CSIRO ANIC) and other Australian museums.
The AFBRC is listed in the Global Registry of Scientific Collections (GRSciColl).
If you require identification of a flower beetle, please email images and a request with observation data (location, date) to the email below or send specimens to the following address.
Contact for the collection: AFBRC, Collection Manager, 19 Tina Street, Redland Bay, Qld 4165, Australia. Email .