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Jungle Gems: A Naturalist’s Tale

When the amateur naturalist Yikai Zhang chanced upon a box of beetle specimens collected by the insect dealer Hakamoto, he discovered among them what seemed to be evidence of a new species, a sinister-looking Carabus from Hainan Island.

Yikai’s curiosity intensified when Max Barclay, a world-leading entomologist at London’s Natural History Museum, was baffled by the entire collection. But with only this single specimen known to science, they had to gather more evidence to establish the validity of the species. Max sent Yikai on the mission of his dreams, an expedition to the jungles of Hainan in search of the elusive Carabus.

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