I’ve received a couple  messages with confusion over Karl’s collections, yes, collection’S’.  The FSCA acquired the collection from Karl’s earlier years in Ottawa and Arizona, soon after he moved to Oklahoma. After that, he donated lots of materials from Oklahoma to the FSCA and other places.  Before he died, he donated his main Oklahoma collection to TAMU. His Oklahoma collection is the basis for that amazing beetle list that Mike Quinn posted for us all. 

     Karl’s Latimer County list should be an inspiration showing what can be done in any of our respective collecting areas!  It can also be viewed as an indicator of how little we may know about our areas. Who would have thought a small county in eastern Oklahoma has a beetle diversity that rivals the know diversity of many states? I feel this shows we are behind on understanding our own regional diversity.    

     When comparing the Florida list to his Latimer County list, Karl threw the challenge to us at the FSCA, I throw it out to everyone else – ‘you can do better’.




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Hi Everyone,

  We also have a subset of Karl's material here at the SNOMNH, but not nearly as extensive in size as the TAMU and FSCA. We have about 11,000 specimens here as well, mostly Oklahoma material (Latimer Co.) and some material collected collaboratively with Oklahoma scientists. All of our data and records are on GBIF if anyone wants the species counts.



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Thank you for your insights into the distribution of Karl's specimens.


I was aware of Karl's tremendous collecting efforts, but I never met him. I was mostly working on leps when our paths might have crossed.


Here are relevant portions of two paragraphs from Karl's obituary co-authored, among others, by Riley (TAMU) and Skelley (FSCA).


His 30 years in rural Latimer County were spent collecting, which has made this county one of the most thoroughly documented pieces of real estate in the U.S. for beetle diversity. At last count, he had recorded 3,516 species based on ~52,500 specimens that comprised one of his last donations to the Texas A&M Insect Collection.


In addition to the aforementioned donations to Texas A&M, many thousands of

specimens from Latimer County and almost his entire pre-Oklahoma collection from Arizona and Canada (45,000 specimens, ~8,600 species) are housed in the Florida State Collection of Arthropods. The staphylinids and histerids from this early material are in the Field Museum of Natural History.


Christopher E. Carlton, Donald S. Chandler, Richard A. B. Leschen, Edward G. Riley, and Paul E. Skelley 2005. Obituary and Dedication: Karl Heinz Stephan 1931-2005. The Coleopterists Society, 59(3): 277-283. http://bit.ly/1lsGd6o


I will try to amend my text to better reflect the location of Karl's spmns.


Thanks again,


Mike Quinn, Austin, TX


On Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 5:39 PM, <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Charlie: Thanks for this. Actually we have most of his collection at FSCA. I personally picked up the collection in Red Oak, Okla. many years ago. I'm still using his cabinet (for jewelry). He was a Research Associate of the Florida State Collection for perhaps 30 years & annually donated his yearly collections. At the end we even purchased most families he had left (except Staphylinidae to Chicago) & some to John Lawrence. We published his only major publication in 1989: Bothridiidae & Colydiidae of America North of Mexico. Occ. Pap. Florida State Colln. Arthropods No. 6: 1-65.

    I knew Karl when he lived in Tucson, AZ & he was a terrific collector there. Personal problems & divorce caused neglect of the collection & much was damaged. His new wife located an economical piece of land at Red Oak & they moved there, where he excelled in collecting micro-Coleoptera. He was an avid supporter of our systematics program in Gainesville & the reason we have most of his collections. TAMU is a fine collection but this post is quite misleading. Dr. Robert E. Woodruff, Emeritus Taxonomist, Florida State Collection of Arthropods, Gainesville, FL.

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Bob, are you on "ECN-L" mailing list?  I thought the forwarded message might possibly interest you.




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Karl Heinz Stephan (1931-2005) spent 30 years collecting beetles in rural Latimer County in southeastern Oklahoma. His amazing, tireless efforts made this county one of the most thoroughly documented pieces of real estate in the U.S. for beetle diversity. The majority of Karl's specimens now reside in the TAMUIC, in College Station, Texas.


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Mike Quinn, Austin
Texas Entomology