Observations on the morphology and classification of weevils (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea) with a key to major groups

Publication Type:Journal Article
Authors:R. T. Thompson
Journal:Journal of Natural History
Type of Article:Article
:Agriochaeta, Alaocybites, Allocoryninae, Antliarhininae, Apioninae, Brachyceridae, Brachycerinae, Brachyceropsidinae, Brachyceropsis, Brachyderini, Brentidae, Campyloscelini, Car, Carinae, Carphodicticinae, Coptonotini, Cryptolaryngidae, Cryptolarynginae, Curculionoidea, Desmidophorinae, Dinomorphinae, Dinomorphini, Entiminae, Eremnini, Erirhinidae, Erirhininae, Leptopiinae, Mecopelmus, Ocladiini, Ocladius, Otiorhynchini, Perieges, Platypodidae, Raymondionymidae, Schedlarius, Scolytinae, Sitoninae, Sitonini

A brief account of the present state of weevil taxonomy is followed by a detailed study of certain structures used in their classification, namely the venter, abdominal tergites, sternite 8 of the male, apex of the hind tibia and deciduous mandibular processes. A key to some 50 families and subfamilies of Curculionoidea is followed by a list of family-group taxa. The following changes are made: Brachyceridae, Erirhinidae, Cryptolaryngidae and Raymondionymidae are promoted to family rank from Curculionidae; Antliarhininae is demoted to a subfamily of Brentidae, and Allocoryninae to a subfamily of Oxycorynidae; Coptonotini is demoted to a tribe of Curculionidae-Scolytinae; Carinae, subfam. n. is erected for Car Blackburn (genus incertae sedis) in Belidae; Dinomorphini is demoted to a tribe of Molytinae and Brachyceropsidinae is revived from synonymy with Dinomorphinae (Curculionidae); Brachyderini, Eremnini, Otiorhynchini and Sitonini are demoted to tribes of Entiminae; Desmidophorinae is transferred from Brentidae to Brachyceridae; Ocladiini is promoted to a tribe of Desmidophorinae (from Curculionidae-Cryptorhynchinae); Campyloscelini (including Phaenomerina) is transferred from Rhynchophoridae to Curculionidae-Zygopinae; Carphodicticinae is promoted to subfamily rank and transferred from Curculionidae-Scolytinae to Platypodidae; Perieges Schonherr is transferred from Curculionidae-Thecesterninae to Cryptolaryngidae and Agriochaeta Pascoe from Cryptorhynchinae to Hyperinae (Curculionidae); Schedlarius Wood and Mecopelmus Blackman are transferred from Coptonotidae to Platypodidae.


[before 31-X-1992]. Orig. ref: THOMPSON, R.T. (1992). Observations on the morphology and classification of weevils (Coleoptera, Curculionidae) with a key to major groups. Journal of Natural History, 26: 835-891. NOTE: [before 31-X-1992]

Taxonomic name: 
Curculionoidea (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Apioninae (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Brachyceridae (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Brachycerinae (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Ocladiini (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Ocladius (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Brentidae (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Antliarhininae (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Carinae (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Car (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Cryptolarynginae (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Perieges (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Brachyceropsis (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Campyloscelini (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Entiminae (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Brachyderini (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Otiorhynchini (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Sitonini (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Agriochaeta (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Dinomorphini (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Scolytinae (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Mecopelmus (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Schedlarius (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Erirhinidae (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Erirhininae (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Raymondionymidae (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Alaocybites (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Coptonotini (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Cryptolaryngidae (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Platypodidae (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Desmidophorinae (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Brachyceropsidinae (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Carphodicticinae (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Dinomorphinae (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Eremnini (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Leptopiinae (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Sitoninae (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended)), Allocoryninae (Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal, 1999 (amended))
Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith