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  BioOne sees sustainable scholarly publishing as an inherently collaborative enterprise connecting authors, nonprofitpublishers, academic institutions, research libraries, and research funders in the common goal of maximizing access tocritical research. The Chrysomelidae of Taiwan I Author(s): Caroline S. Chaboo and Ming-Luen JengSource: Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 81(3):311-312. 2008.Published By: Kansas Entomological SocietyDOI:[311:TCOTI]2.0.CO;2URL: full/10.2317/0022-8567%282008%2981%5B311%3ATCOTI%5D2.0.CO%3B2 BioOne ( is a nonprofit, online aggregation of core research in thebiological, ecological, and environmental sciences. BioOne provides a sustainable onlineplatform for over 170 journals and books published by nonprofit societies, associations,museums, institutions, and presses.Your use of this PDF, the BioOne Web site, and all posted and associated contentindicates your acceptance of BioOne’s Terms of Use, available at terms_of_use.Usage of BioOne content is strictly limited to personal, educational, and non-commercialuse. Commercial inquiries or rights and permissions requests should be directed to theindividual publisher as copyright holder.  BOOK REVIEW The Chrysomelidae of Taiwan I. Lee, C.-F. and H.-T. Cheng. 2007. Sishou-HillsInsect Observation Network Press; Taipei County, Taiwan; 2007. 199 pp.USD$20.00.Taiwan’s (Formosa) high insect diversity, , 20,000 species, has been explained byits geographic location and heterogenous habitats. Systematic documentation of Chrysomelidae (leaf beetles), particularly by S. Kimoto and the late M. Chuˆ jo,culminated in Kimoto and Takizawa’s (1997) illustrated guide to the Formosan leaf beetles with comprehensive accounts of 700 +  species. Now comes another excellentvolume, ‘‘Chrysomelidae of Taiwan I’’ by Lee and Cheng (2007), which should havewide appeal for amateurs and professionals.Lee (Ph.D., Ohio State University), a specialist on the systematics of Psephenidae(water penny beetles), is currently at Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute. Cheng(Master of Fine Arts, Boston University) is a professional visual artist who wasdriven by enthusiasm for insects and conservation concerns to create a nonprofitwebsite,, to survey the insect fauna of ShishouHills, a suburban hill in Taipei City. This attracted so many volunteers that Chengand Lee were able to assign them specific aspects—collecting, observing, rearing,photographing, writing, and editing. The beautiful book by Lee and Cheng (2007)reflects the systematic expertise of Lee, the artistry and natural history interests of Cheng, and an unprecedented volunteer team effort.The book is easy to use, with an image-based key to subfamilies and treats 100chrysomelid species in a 1–2 page glossy spread each. Arrows or dashed lines indicatediagnostic morphology and distinguish closely related genera, e.g.,  Crioceris  and Lilioceris . This photographic treatment permits easy identifications in the field with apocket loop by both amateurs and professionals. A key with couplets is not as user-friendly in the field. A red ribbon handily marks pages of interest and host plants;beetle species are helpfully indexed. A few biological patterns e.g., cycloalexy, aregiven informative window treatment.The expression ‘‘a picture is worth a 1000 words’’ very much applies since the textis in traditional Chinese but the high-quality photographs of live and dead specimensconvey a wealth of information on habitats, host plants, immature stages, behavior,and morphology. Images of delicate colored specimens against black backgroundswould make wonderful wall art.The authors’ deep knowledge of native chrysomelid biology is evidenced by many‘‘first reports’’ of immature stages (e.g., 15 of the 17 displayed cassidines showpreviously undescribed immatures) and unusual behaviors (e.g., the silk cocoon of  Ophraella communa  LeSage; fecal retention by larvae in  Ophrida spectabilis  (Baly)and  Podontia lutea  (Oliver)). Pupal cocoons (e.g.,  Lilioceris formosana  Heinze) anddiverse egg arrangements (e.g.,  Oides decempunctatus  (Billberg)) beg for furtherresearch. The volume is an elegant model for anyone planning to prepare a fieldguide. E  2008 Kansas Entomological Society Accepted: 11 April 2008; Revised: 13 May 2008 JOURNAL OF THE KANSAS ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY81(3), 2008, pp. 311–312  Given the current beetle-philia sweeping Asian nations, this series should sell well.All beetle specialists, not just chrysomelid enthusiasts or Chinese users, will benefitfrom its informed popularization of Chrysomelidae. An English version couldcertainly stimulate chrysomelid tourism to Taiwan. Literature Cited Kimoto, S. and H. Takizawa. 1997.  Leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae) of Taiwan . Tokai University Press,Tokyo. 581 pp.  —Caroline S. Chaboo Division of EntomologyNatural History Museum and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology1501 Crestline Drive—Suite 140University of KansasLawrence, Kansas  —Ming-Luen Jeng Division of EntomologyNatural History Museum and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology1501 Crestline Drive—Suite 140University of KansasLawrence, Kansas 312 JOURNAL OF THE KANSAS ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY
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