Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

FNZ 60 - Carabidae (Insecta: Coleoptera) - Contributor notes

Larochelle, A; Larivière, M-C 2007. Carabidae (Insecta: Coleoptera): synopsis of supraspecific taxa. Fauna of New Zealand 60, 188 pages.
( ISSN 0111-5383 (print), ; no. 60. ISBN 978-0-478-09394-0 (print), ). Published 21 Nov 2007

Contributor notes

Contributor André Larochelle was born and educated in Québec, graduating in 1974 with a Brevet d’Enseignement spécialisé from the Université du Québec à Montréal. He taught ecology at the Collège Bourget, Rigaud, Québec, until 1990. With the encouragement of the late carabid specialist Carl H. Lindroth, André very quickly became interested in the study of ground-beetles. From 1975 to 1979 he was the co-editor of two entomological journals, Cordulia and Bulletin d’inventaire des insectes du Québec. From 1986 to 1992, he was honorary curator to the Lyman Entomological Museum and Research Laboratory, McGill University, Québec. In 1992, André moved to New Zealand to work as a research scientist. Currently, he is a Research Associate with the New Zealand Arthropod Collection, Landcare Research, Auckland. André has written over 400 papers on the distribution, ecology, biology, and dispersal power of North American carabids and other insects (including two handbooks on the Heteroptera of Québec).

In 1990 he published “The food of carabid beetles of the world”; in 1993, with Yves Bousquet, he co-authored a “Catalogue of Carabidae of America North of Mexico”; and in 2001 and 2003, with his wife Marie-Claude, he published a “Natural History of the tiger beetles of North America North of Mexico” and “A Natural History of Carabidae” for the same region. His currrent main research interests are the faunistics and taxonomy of New Zealand ground-beetles on which he has co-authored two Fauna of New Zealand contributions (Catalogue of Carabidae, 2001; Revision of tribe Harpalini, 2005). André is a keen provider of electronic information on ground-beetles on the internet via The New Zealand Carabidae website ( Since 1992 he is actively involved in specialised field inventory, surveying carabids in over 1000 localities, to gain a better understanding of the taxonomy, natural history, and biogeography of New Zealand species.

Contributor Marie-Claude Larivière was born and educated in Québec, graduating with a PhD in systematic entomology from McGill University in 1990. For the following two years she did postdoctoral research at Agriculture Canada, Ottawa. In 1992, Marie-Claude moved to New Zealand to work as a full-time Hemiptera biosystematist with Landcare Research. From 1994 to 1997 she led the Biosystematics of New Zealand Land Invertebrates programme, from 1995 to 2005 the development of New Zealand Arthropod Collection’s databasing and digital imaging systems, from 1999 to 2004, the Koiora-BioAssist™ project (Biodiversity Assessment using Information Technology and Taxonomy), and since July 2007 the Invertebrate Biosystematics research group (Landcare Research, Auckland). Marie-Claude has been an active member of the Fauna of New Zealand series committee (1994–2004, 2007–present). She is the author of over 90 papers and monographs on the taxonomy, distribution and natural history of Hemiptera and Carabidae (Coleoptera), including five Fauna of New Zealand contributions (Hemiptera – Heteroptera catalogue, Cixiidae and Pentatomoidea revisions; Carabidae – taxonomic catalogue; Harpalini revision). She has also published on Australian and South Pacific Hemiptera as well as on North and Central American Hemiptera, Orthoptera, and Carabidae. Many of her publications have been written in collaboration with her husband André Larochelle with whom she hopes to soon publish new works on New Zealand Hemiptera and Carabidae. In addition, she conducts international cooperative research and leads a number of New Zealand commercial research contracts. Marie-Claude has a keen interest in biological information technology, especially digital taxonomy, computer imaging, interactive identification, and web-publishing. She maintains electronic information on Hemiptera on The New Zealand Hemiptera website ( Since 1992 Marie-Claude is actively involved in specialised field inventory, surveying Hemiptera in over 1000 localities, to gain a better understanding of the taxonomy, natural history, and biogeography of New Zealand species.

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