Compiler and date details
30 April 2002 - Andrew A. Calder, CSIRO Entomology, Canberra, ACT, Australia
This group is an isolated lineage with a single family Lymexylidae, having affinities with Cleroidea (Lawrence & Newton 1982).
The compilation of the Lymexylid database for the Australian Faunal Directory was supported by funds from the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) to A.A. Calder which is gratefully acknowledged. A.A. Calder would like to thank Dr Keith Houston for editorial advice. This Catalogue was updated using the taxonomic-bibliographic software package Platypus that was developed by the Australian Biological Resources Study.
The preparation and data entry for this database was conducted in CSIRO Entomology, Canberra and use of the Organisation's resources and facilities particularly computing resources are gratefully acknowledged. I am also indebted to the staff of the Organisation's Black Mountain Library for attending to numerous requests for obscure and hard-to-get literature on interlibrary loan.
Distribution data in the Directory is by political and geographic region descriptors and serves as a guide to the distribution of a taxon. For details of a taxon's distribution, the reader should consult the cited references (if any) at genus and species levels.
Australia is defined as including Lord Howe Is., Norfolk Is., Cocos (Keeling) Ils, Christmas Is., Ashmore and Cartier Ils, Macquarie Is., Australian Antarctic Territory, Heard and McDonald Ils, and the waters associated with these land areas of Australian political responsibility. Political areas include the adjacent waters.
Terrestrial geographical terms are based on the drainage systems of continental Australia, while marine terms are self explanatory except as follows: the boundary between the coastal and oceanic zones is the 200 m contour; the Arafura Sea extends from Cape York to 124 DEG E; and the boundary between the Tasman and Coral Seas is considered to be the latitude of Fraser Island, also regarded as the southern terminus of the Great Barrier Reef.
Distribution records, if any, outside of these areas are listed as extralimital. The distribution descriptors for each species are collated to genus level. Users are advised that extralimital distribution for some taxa may not be complete.
Lawrence, J.F. & Newton, A.F. 1982. Evolution and classification of beetles. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 13: 261-290