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Novel Aspects of the Biology of Chrysomelidae (Series Entomologica)


Novel Aspects of the Biology of Chrysomelidae (Series Entomologica)

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    Pierre H.Jolivet(Author) M.L. Cox(Contributor) E. Petitpierre(Contributor)
Chrysomelidae,alongwithCurculionidae and Bruchidae, arethe most importantphytophagousColeoptera.Atleast 37,000species of leaf beetlesbelonging to 19 subfamilies have now beendescribed, and moreprobablyremaintobediscovered,especiallyin the tropics. Many speciesarefamiliar agricultural pests. TheColorado potato beetle, thecerealbeetle, flea beetle and the cornroot worms are but a few ofthewellknownpests.Becauseofthe economic importance and biologicaldiversity,chrysomelidsarean important taxonomic group for scientific inquiry.
Thisbook is divided into eight parts, entitledpalaeontology, larvaeandlarval biology, trophic selection, genetics and evolution defencemechanisms,anatomyand reproduction, pathogens and natural enemies,andgeneralstudiesinbiology.The biologies ofagricultural andforestrypests,Leptinotarsa,Plagiodera,Entomoscelis,Paropsis, Mecistomela andAspidomorpha are dealt with in detail. Others, such asTimarchaandthose in the poorly known Megalopodinae, arecovered in Part VIII. In this volume the American, European, AsianandAustralian fauna occupy the greatest part.
This volume, together with Biology of Chrysomelidae (1988),provides a comprehensive coverage and helps to complete the picture ofchrysomelidbiology.
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