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The general plan of this monograph, as well as the scientific and
English editing of the manuscript, were mainly the task of S.G. Smith,
until his death in May, 1975.
Chapters 2 to 5 were written during the year beginning July lst. 1972, when Virkki spent his sabbatical leave from the University of Puerto Rico at the Insect Pathology Research Institute in Sault Ste. Marie. These Chapters include a relatively broad discussion of the Coleoptera in relation to recent advances in cytogenetics, allowing us some speculation and new hypotheses. The literature survey for these chapters was practically concluded by 1973, although a few additions were made later. Virkki is mainly responsible for this part of the volume.
Six is the most deeply analytical of our Chapters, containing the first synopsis of the meticulous karyotyping, hybridisation, and cytotaxonomic studies on Chilocorini and Pissodes weevils conducted by Smith during the last twenty years. Chapters 6 and 7 were mainly written by him in 1973-75. Smith’s third Chromosome List is added to the end of the volume as an Appendix.