On the Internal Male Reproductive Organs and their Taxonomic Significance in the Leaf Beetles (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)
Mann, Jasbir S.; Crowson, Roy A
The internal male reproductive organs of 56 species, belonging to 32 genera in 9 subfamiliae, from India, and 37 species representing 27 genera and 8 subfamiliae, from Scotland, of the familia Chrysomelidae, were studied by manual dissection. A probable basic pattern for the familia is established, and shown to be very similar to that of primitive Curculionoidea. A probable sperm pump in the ductus ejaculatorius is described in species of several subfamiliae. Particular apomorphic features of the system seem to link Galerucinae-Halticinae with Synetinae, Bruchidae with Sagrinae, and Donaciinae with Criocerinae. No evident correlations of features of the male system with iteroparity were found.