There are an estimated 40,000 species of chrysomelids, or leaf beetles, worldwide. These biologically interesting and often colorful organisms, such as the tortoise beetles, have a broad range of life histories and fascinating adaptations. For example, there are chrysomelids with shortened wings (brachypterous) and elytra (brachelytrous), other species are viviparous, and yet other leaf beetles have complicated anti predator-parasitoid defenses. Some species, such as corn rootworms (several species in the genus
Diabrotica) constitute major agricultural crop pests.
Research on Chrysomelidae 1 is a the first of an intended series of volumes on the Chrysomelidae edited by Jolivet, Santiago-Blay, and Schmitt.
Pierre Jolivet, Ph.D. (1954) in Biology, University of Paris (Sorbonne), is now retired. He taught at various Universities around the world and travelled intensively collecting and studying insects. He worked at the French Museum of Natural History in Paris and travelled with UN specialized agencies.
Michael Schmitt, curator of Coleoptera and Head of Department of Arthropoda at the Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig, Bonn (Germany), Diploma in Biology 1976, Dr.rer.nat 1982, from Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), Habilitation (1993) at Albert Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau (Germany), appointed extra-plan Professor of Zoology at Rheinische Friedrich Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn.
Jorge A. Santiago-Blay was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1955. He finished an M.S. in Biology, with emphasis in zoology, at the University of Puerto Rico. In 1990, he completed an MA in Botany and a PhD in Entomology at the University of California at Berkeley. He pursues his broad research interests in arthropods and plants - including exudates and amber - as a Research Collaborator in the Department of Paleobiology at the National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC.
“This volume is of good format and printing quality. It contains 38 superb color plates and colored cladistic diagrams. The book is indispensible for the specialist but also for those working at museums, universities and agriculture institutes, who are interested in the beetles that affect crops.” Pierre Jolivet.
"This edited collective book has 20 contributions from 38 authors from all over the world. The contributions present many of the currents trends of research on Chrysomelidae, providing rich information on every field touched. It would be a valuable addition to the libraries of institutions/individuals, engaged in study of and investigations on leaf beetles."
K. K. Verma
Table of contents
1. Phylogeny, Molecular Biology.
Species and speciation in Timarcha.
Specialization is not a dead end: further evidence from Diabroticina beetles.
Astrid Eben and Alejandro Espinosa de los Monteros.
Seed-beetles in the age of the molecule: recent advances on systematics and host-plant association patterns.
Gaël J. Kergoat, Alex Delobel, Bruno Le Rü and Jean-François Silvain.
2. Morphology and Anatomy.
Comparative morphology of sclerites used by Camptosomatan leaf beetles for formation of the extrachorion (Chrysomelidae: Cryptocephalinae: Lamprosomatinae).
Towards the morphology and biology of the larvae of two sibling species in the genus Galerucella Crotch (Coleoptera:Chrysomelidae: Galerucinae).
Oxana L. Nesterova.
Body colouration in the leaf-beetle genera Oreina Chevrolat and Crosita Motschulsky and trends in its variation.
Yuri E. Mikhailov.
Reflections on male external genitalia in insects - their taxonomic significance, variability, and evolution - with particular reference to Chrysomelidae.
Krishna K. Verma.
Classification and habitat of brachelytrous Chrysomelidae (Coleoptera).
Ron Beenen and Pierre Jolivet.
Response of Chrysomelidae to Quaternary environmental changes.
Scott A. Elias and Sveltana Kuzmina.
4. Relations to Plants.
Tortoise beetles (Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae) of a tropical rain forest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Vivian Flinte, Margarete Valverde de Macedo and Ricardo Ferreira Monteiro.
Performance of Gratiana spadicea (Cassidinae) on its host and on five sympatric non hosts (Solanum: Solanaceae) in South Brazil.
Lenice Medeiros and Gilson R. P. Moreira.
5. Biological and Ecological Studies.
The biology of Aspidimorpha submutata Weise, 1899 (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae).
Hugh D. C. Heron.
A new gall-inducing shining leaf beetle (Coleoptera : Chrysomelidae) from Thailand and its relevance to the evolution of herbivory in leaf-beetles.
Fredric V. Vencl and Kenji Nishida.
A new case of viviparity among Chrysomelinae.
Christian Bontems and Chi-Feng Lee.
6. Taxonomy and Faunistics.
Revision of Chaetocnema pulla species-group from the Afrotropical region with description of a new species from Central Africa (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae).
Maurizio Biondi and Paola D’Alessandro.
The pale-legged flea beetles Altica knabi Blatchley and A. pedipallida LeSage in North America (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Alticini).
On the origin of the Chrysomelid fauna of New Caledonia.
Pierre Jolivet and Krishna K. Verma.
7. Population Biology.
Population fluctuation of Mecistomela marginata (Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae).
Viviane Grenha, Margarete V. de Macedo and Ricardo Ferreira Monteiro.
Validation and application of predictive models on bean leaf beetle, Cerotoma trifurcata, population dynamics in Central Iowa.
Wai-ki Frankie Lam, Rayda K. Krell, Jeffrey D. Bradshaw, Marlin E. Rice and Larry P. Pedigo.
The diversity and specificity of parasitoids attacking Neotropical tortoise beetles (Chrysomelidae: Cassidinae).
Marie Cuignet, Donald Windsor, Jessica Reardon and Thierry Hance.
Museums of Natural History, Universities, Agricultural Institutes, Entomological Societies, amateur and professional scientists interested in leaf beetles.