Advances in Heteroptera Research (Faunistica)
by Snejana Grozeva and Nikolay Simov
In the end of 2007, the prominent Bulgarian entomologist, acknowledged specialist in taxonomy and biology of Heteroptera, our colleague and friend, Michail Josifov, celebrated his 80th birthday. An author of 126 scientific works and more than 50 popular articles and books, he has described 9 new genera and 144 new species of true bugs. In recognition of his contribution to Bulgarian science, he has been awarded the Order of Saints Cyril and Methodius. This book is an anniversary present from his colleagues from 20 countries and recognition of Michail Josifov's remarkable contribution to the investigation of Heteroptera. The 32 articles, written by 49 authors, present new data on the origin, zoogeography and species composition of heteropteran fauna from different parts of all continents. Numerous nomenclature and taxonomic decisions are suggested. Various problems of phylogeny, biology, karyosystematics and phylogeorgaphy of different Heteroptera species are treated.This book includes the description of 2 genera and 19 species, 1 genus and 14 species of which are named after Michail Josifov. This book also contains short biographical notes, a complete bibliography of Michail Josifov's scientific articles, and a list of all taxa described by him or named after him. The articles in this book are not only a wonderful present, they are another step forward in the study of the splendid world of true bugs. They, we hope, will be useful to everybody devoted to this cause.