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A NEW GENUS OF AMYCTERINI FROM THE PILBARA REGION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA (COLEOPTERA: CURCULIONIDAE: CYCLOMINAE)

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Author(s): Magnus Peterson

Journal: Journal of Insect Biodiversity
ISSN 2147-7612

Volume: 1;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: New genus | Curculionidae | reniform eyes | Pilbara | Western Australia | taxonomy | relationships | distributions | habitat | holotype collection history

ABSTRACT
Xenommamycterus gen. nov. is described/diagnosed, and Talaurinus capito Pascoe, 1874 is designated its type-species. This genus is considered monospecific at present. Its distribution appears to be restricted to the tropical rock desert of the western Pilbara region of Western Australia, based on available specimens. Evidence suggests that F.H. DuBoulay collected the holotype of T. capito, and that its type-locality of “Champion Bay” is in error for Nickol Bay. Limited observations on its imaginal food-plants, behaviour, habitat preferences and relationships are provided, as well as possible reasons for the evolution of its unusual eye structure.
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