New Developments in the Biology of Chrysomelidae

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This book summarizes what is actually known about the biology of Leaf Beetles. It is the most recent study in the field.As we are well aware, Chrysomelidae, one of the three largest families of beetles, are of great economic importance since they can be a serious pest to crops or, on the other hand, can be used to destroy imported weeds. This is due to the selectivity of their feeding preferences. In this way, Chrysomelidae are an invaluable tool for studying plant selection mechanisms. The many and varied topics dealt with in this book cover almost all aspects of phylogeny, classification, paleontology, parasitology, biogeography, defenses, population biology, genetics and biological control as well as many other subjects. The most renowned specialists in these fields have been chosen to put together a diverse, state-of-the-art publication. Few beetle families have been studied in such detail as the Chrysomelids. This is not only due to their economic importance, but also to their incredible variety of forms and behaviors. There are no less than 40,000 species currently in existence worldwide, but probably 100,000 species have existed since the Jurassic, when they first came into being with the Cycadoids and other primitive plant families, later to diversify during the Cretaceous with the advent of flowering plants.

Table of Contents

Relationships among the subfamilies of Chrysomelidae inferred from small subunit ribosomal DNA and morphology, with special emphasis on the relationship among the flea beetles and the Galerucinaep. 3
Resources for a phylogenomic approach in leaf beetle (Coleoptera) systematicsp. 19
The evolution of cucurbitacin pharmacophagy in rootworms : insight from Luperini paraphylyp. 37
Ideas on the systematics of the genus Diabrotica Wilcox and other related leaf beetlesp. 59
Phylogeny of Afrotropical Monolepta and related taxa (Galerucinae)p. 75
Competitive exclusion and sexual isolation between sympatric congeneric species of Timarcha and Cyrtonus (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae)p. 85
The ecology and population genetics of the blue and brassy willow beetles Phyllodecta (=Phratora) vulgatissima L. and P. vitellinae L. on United Kingdom willow (Salix) plantationsp. 97
A molecular phylogenetic analysis of the genus Donacia (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae) in Japan, based on mitochondrial gene sequencesp. 105
The evolution of adaptations to plant secondary compounds in Chrysochus leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae, Eumolpinae)p. 117
Molecular phylogeny and systematics of Galerucella and related taxap. 125
Genetic differentiation and population structure in Metachroma labrale Blair, 1933, a Galapagos leaf beetle (Chrysomelidae)p. 131
Ecology and evolution of new world Blepharidap. 137
Some considerations for the use of statistical methods in Chrysomelidaep. 147
Jumping flea beetles : structure and performance (Insecta, Chrysomelidae, Alticinae)p. 161
Immatures of Hemisphaerota palmarum (Boheman), with discussion of the caudal processes and shield architecture in the tribe Hemisphaerotini (Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae)p. 171
Immature stages and bionomy of some Indian species of Chiridopsis Spaeth (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae)p. 185
Polymorphism and microtaxonomy in Chrysomelidaep. 213
Geographical variation in Mecistomela marginata (Hispinae)p. 225
Modified antennae of Malaysian Galerucinae and its taxonomic significancep. 231
Adaptations of Chrysomelidae (Coleoptera) from xeric regionsp. 249
Fossils insects on the web, with emphasis on chrysomelids and remarks on the recognition of fossil fakesp. 259
Faunal changes in Donaciinae during the Quaternary in central Japan (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae)p. 263
Wanderbiltiana wawasita : a new species of flea beetle (Alticinae) from Dominican amber (Lower Oligocene to Lower Miocene)p. 275
Origin of Timarcha : trophic relationships between the old and new worldp. 281
Morphological and behavioral adaptations to movement on different leaf surfaces : studies with Cassidinae larvaep. 291
Leaf mining Chrysomelidsp. 305
Cassidinae (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae) and Zingiberales : a review of the literaturep. 307
Ecology of selected species of Alticinae (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae) and their hosts, Euphorbia spp. (Euphorbiales, Euphorbiaceae) in Eurasiap. 321
Distribution and hosts of the pestiferous and other common Diabroticites from Argentina and southern South America : a geographic and systematic viewp. 333
Flight in seed and leaf beetles (Coleoptera, Bruchidae, Chrysomelidae)p. 353
The primitive Eumolpinae and the Gondwana hypothesisp. 395
Effects of the flea beetle Pedilia sirena Duckett (Chrysomelidae, Galerucinae) on oviposition choice by the butterfly Heliconius hewitsoni (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae)p. 407
Biology and ecology of the mountainous genera Oreomela Jacobson, Xenomela Weise and Crosita Motschulsky (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidea, Chrysomelina)p. 415
Observations on the natural history, systematics and phylogeny of the Criocerinae of Costa Rica and Panamap. 423
The biology of Laccoptera cicatricosa (Boheman, 1855) (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae)p. 455
Cydippa balyi Chapuis, 1875 (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae), an interesting galerucine from Australia rediscovered in the Northern Territory, with redescription and notes on its habitat and host plantp. 469
Biology of Chelymorpha constellata (Klug, 1829) (Chrysomelidae, Cassidinae) in sand dunes at Florianopolis, Island of Santa Catarina, southern Brasilp. 475
Morphology, systematics and host plants of Palaeartic Donaciinae larvaep. 481
The immature stages of the grape flea beetles Altica chalybea Illiger and A. woodsi Isely (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae)p. 503
The genus Pepila Weise (Alticinae) in the region of Australia : distribution, ecology and biogeographyp. 529
Tundra-steppe leaf-beetle Chrysolina brunnicornis vrangeliani (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae) : distribution, life history and habitatsp. 541
Some aspects of the biology of the Aulacoscelinae (Chrysomelidae), with a description of three new speciesp. 551
Ecology of the high mountain chrysomelid Timarcha lugens Rosenhauer (Chrysomelinae)p. 553
Biology of Phyllotreta (Alticinae), with emphasis on Hungarian and middle European speciesp. 565
Ecology and management of the bean leaf beetle Cerotoma trifurcatap. 579
The solitary population wave, a physical phenomenon accompanying the introduction of a chrysomelidp. 591
Leaf beetles of oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) and coconut palm (Cocos nucifera)p. 603
Changes in the chrysomelid (Coleoptera) community over a 95-year period on a Maryland river island (USA)p. 613
Population ecology of Fulcidax monstrosa (Chlamisinae)p. 623
Dynamic interaction between a leaf beetle, Galerucella nipponensis (Galerucinae) and an aquatic plant, Trapa japonica (Trapaceae)p. 633
Phenology of populations of tortoise beetles (Cassidinae) in Brazilp. 647
Diversity of aedeagus shape in Slovenian populations of Chrysolina purpurascens (Germar) (Chrysomelinae)p. 659
Patterns in host-plant association and defensive toxins produced by neotropical chrysomeline beetlesp. 669
Sequestration of pyrrolizidine alkaloids in Oreina and Platyphora leaf-beetles : physiological, ecological and evolutionary aspectsp. 677
Ecological relevance of fecal matter in Chrysomelidaep. 693
Mate choice after intromission in spotted cucumber beetlesp. 709
Male combat and mating behavior of Donacia crassipes F. and other chrysomelids (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae, Donaciinae)p. 721
Diversified reproductive strategies in Gonioctena (Chrysomelinae) leaf beetlesp. 727
Tortoise beetle genitalia and demonstrations of a sexually selected advantage for flagellum length in Chelymorpha alternans (Chrysomelidae, Cassidini, Stolaini)p. 739
Observations on the natural history and reproductive biology of Leptinotarsa lacerata Stal in the Sierra de Huautla, Morelos, Mexicop. 749
New data on the biology of Phaedon fulvescens (Coleoptera, Chrysomelinae), a potential biological control agent on Rubus alceifolius (Rosaceae)p. 757
Biology and ecology of Zygogramma bicolorata Pallister, 1953p. 767
Epiloguep. 779
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