Ag-banded karyotypes in six species of jewel-beetles (Coleoptera, Buprestidae)
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The male karyotypes of six species of the buprestid genera Sphenoptera (two species) and Acmaeoderella (four species) were studied after Ag-banding. The following karyotypes were found in individual species: n=19-23, with predominance of 23, in Sphenoptera scovitzi Fald., 2n = 24 (22 + Xyp) in Sphenoptera mesopotamica Mars., 2n = 18 (16 + Xyr) in Acmaeoderella flavofasciata Pill. & Mitt., Acmaeoderella gibbulosa Men., Acmaeoderella boryi Brulle, Acmaeoderella vetusta Men. In Sph. scovitzi, two chromosome pairs were found to display stable argentophilous blocks. In Sph. mesopotamica, NOR-bearing is one of the large autosomal bivalents. In all species of the genus Acmaeoderella, a nucleolus-like argentophilous body is placed between the X and y chromosomes.
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G. Karagyan, Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia, P. Sevak 7, 375014 Yerevan, Armenia