RECORD: S126b. Wallace, A. R. 1867. Discussion [regarding the views of Mr.C.A.Wilson on insect acclimatization in Australia]. Journal of Proceedings of the Entomological Society of London 1867 in Transactions of the Entomological Society of London 5: lxxiii.

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Mr. A. R. Wallace remarked upon the rapidity with which the insects mentioned by Mr. Wilson had adapted their mode of life to the altered circumstances in which they found themselves placed; thirty years ago there was not a cow in South Australia, and yet members of three families of Coleoptera, so widely separated as the Paussidæ, Carabidæ and Copridæ, had already become habitual frequenters of cow-dung; and this was the more remarkable in the Calosoma, whose British congener was arboreal in its habits.

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