Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

FNZ 28 - Larvae of Curculionoidea (Insecta: Coleoptera) - Abstract

May, BM 1993. Larvae of Curculionoidea (Insecta: Coleoptera): a systematic overview. Fauna of New Zealand 28, 226 pages.
( ISSN 0111-5383 (print), ; no. 28. ISBN 0-478-04505-0 (print) ). Published 14 Jun 1993


An overview is presented of the larvae of superfamily Curculionoidea. Their systematic arrangement follows a new 'scheme' (G. Kuschel, 1995) wherein the number of families worldwide is reduced to 6 and the number of subfamilies to 21. The data matrix underpinning this scheme includes biological and morphological character-states of larvae as well as adult weevils. In the present study an annotated list of larval character-states is given. Representative genera of all families, and of the subfamilies of Curculionidae, the largest group, are diagnosed, keyed, and illustrated. Of the 107 species reviewed, 85 occur in New Zealand (60 endemic, 25 introduced) and 22 are exotic. These latter are included for the sake of continuity or because their position is transitional.

Kuschel, G. 1995. A phylogenetic classification of Curculionoidea to families and subfamilies. Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Washington 14: 5-33.