Volume 8 of the Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera provides a list of all taxa the bulk of the family Curculionidae and of Cryptolaryngidae reported from the biogeographical realm covered. For the genus and species-groups taxa all available names are given, and for the valid species and subspecies the distribution per country is shown, including more details for endemic taxa. Type species are listed for all genus-group names. The work is based on verification of the primary sources, and the respective references are given.
Particular chapters deal with the actual impediments of taxonomy, nomenclatural and taxonomic problems, and corrections to previously published volumes of the Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera
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Ivan Löbl, Ph. D.. (1937), retired curator of the Department of Entomology of the Geneva Muséum d'histoire naturelle. He has published over 300 papers on taxonomy and nomenclature of beetles, including descriptions of some 1300 new species and genera and is coeditor of the Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera.
Ales Smetana, Ph. D.. (1931). Retired senior research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa. Former curator of Coleoptera of the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes. Published over 350 papers on taxonomy and nomenclature of beetles, particularly of the family Staphylinidae.