Submitted to: The Coleopterists Bulletin
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: February 2, 2001
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Leaf beetles (Chrysomelidae) are a large and varied group that contains man many species that are serious pests because they feed on plants. However, others are important in biocontrol because they feed on plants that are noxious weeds. This scientific note discusses the nomenclature of a group of leaf beetles. Nomenclatural research is important because it stabilizes sthe scientific names that are used by scientists and action agencies for the insects that they deal with.
Technical Abstract: The genus-group name Wallacea Baly in the Chrysomelidae: Hispinae, previously thought to be preoccupied by Wallacea Walker in the Diptera, is the oldest name and therefore valid.