Introduction The present paper supplements recent contribu- tions to the systematics of derelomine flower wee- vils from the Neotropics (Franz 2001, Franz & O’Brien 2001a, 2001b). Under the current concep- tion, Derelomini (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Curculioninae sensu Alonso-Zarazaga & Lyal 1999) comprise 220 species and 39 genera, the majority of which are associated with the inflores- cences of Arecaceae. Some taxa have economic importance, e.g. Elaeidobius Kuschel whose species pollinate the African oil palm (Syed 1979). Phyllotrox Schönherr is another frequently report- ed genus in the palm pollination literature (Henderson 1986), although its 47 species differ in many respects. This condition will eventually necessitate revision and reclassification into sever- al monophyletic taxa. Such a project will be bene- ficial not only from the perspective of systematics, but also for an efficient communication of the diverse biologies of these species. To illustrate the problem, the type species Phy. semirufus Boheman has been collected in the vicinity of Colonia Tovar, Venezuela (at an altitude of 2000 m), where it occurs on the flowers of Rubus sp. (Rosaceae, personal observation). Other species that appear to be associated with dicots are Phy. canyonaceris Warner on Aceraceae in the United States (Warner 1976); Phy.
Insect Systematics & Evolution – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2003
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