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Type: Article
Published: 2013-06-21
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A new genus of Amycterini from the Pilbara region of Western Australia (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Cyclominae)

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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.