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Larvae of the Weevil Tribe Anthonomini (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)
Author(s): Monawar Ahmad, Horace R. Burke
Print Publication Date: 1972

The taxonomy of the mature larvae of 51 species, reppresenting 10 genera of the weevil tribe Anthonomini, was studied. The genera and respective number of species included were: Anthonomopsis Dietz (1), Smicraulax Pierce (1), Coccotorus LeConte (1), Furcipus Desbrochers (1), Pseudanthonomus Dietz (1), Loncophorus Chevrolat (1), Tachypterellus Fall & Cockerell (1), Anthonomus Germar (42), Brachyogmus Linell (1), Epimechus Dietz (1). Most of the species treated were North American, but available European and South American taxa also were included.

The larvae are described, illustrated, and keyed. In addition, the taxonomic relationships of the species based on larval characters are discussed. Larval characters are compared with adult and pupal characters to determine their value in solving taxonomic problems in the tribe. The number, length, and arrangement of setae on the head capsule, structure of the mouthparts, and the number and arrangement of thoracic setae were found to be the most important taxonomic characters of the larvae.

The biology and hosts of the treated species are reviewed.

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