Tuesday, 19 November 2002 - 7:05 PM

This presentation is part of : Coleopterists Society

Natural history of derelomine flower weevils systematized

Nico M. Franz, Department of Entomology, Cornell University, Department of Entomology, Comstock Hall, Ithaca, NY

An excursion into the natural history of selected taxa of derelomine flower weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Curculioninae: Derelomini) and their diverse interactions with Cyclanthaceae in the Neotropics. The evolutionary sequence of host plant associations, pollination, oviposition, and seed predation behavior in the weevils (particularly in Systenotelus) will be related to the relevant morphological adaptations in the host plant taxon Carludovica. Video recordings of the interesting mating behavior of Staminodeus will be presented, emphasizing the utility of the systematic approach in providing an appropriate language for these observations.

Species 1: Coleoptera Curculionidae
Keywords: taxonomy

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