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The main biological aspects of this economically important group of beetles, the Chrysomelidae, are summarized in this new work by the internationally known author, Dr. Pierre Jolivet. Around 37,000 species are now described and more remain to be named. The size and diversity of the family are less than those of the weevils (Curculionidae), but probably there will be a total of 40 to 50 thousand species once the canopy fauna is better known. For instance, we still know nothing about the biology and the host plants of the Madagascaran leaf beetles and surely many more species from that region await description.