Chromosome survey in seven bisexual species of weevils (Coleoptera, Curculionidae)
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Karyological details were studied in males of seven weevil species. The following number of chromosomes were found in individual species: 2n=32, n_=15+Xyp in Gymnetron tetrum (F.) and Gymnetron smreczynski Fremuth, 2n=44, n_=21+Xyp in Cionus tuberculosus (Scop.), 2n=38, n_=18+Xyp in Cionus hortulanus (Geoffr.), Cionus ganglbaueri Wingelm. and Cionus nigritarsis Reitt., 2n=42, n_=20+Xyp in Cionus olivieri Rosensch. In the first meiotic metaphase the heterochromosomes of all the examined species formed a typical parachute bivalent. The chromosome number and sex determining system were described for the first time.
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D. Lachowska, Department of Experimental Zoology, Institute of Systematics and Evolution of Animals, Polish Academy of Sciences, Slawkowska 17, 31-016 Krakow, Poland