A review of the weevil genus Thamiocolus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Conoderinae: Ceutorhynchitae: Ceutorhynchini) from Israel, with notes on some adaptive features of Ceutorhynchini and a new synonymy
Keywords:Beetles, biodiversity, Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Conoderinae, Ceutorhynchini, weevils, new species, new synonymy, new record, new hosts, Phlomis, Phlomis brachyodon, Phlomis viscosa, Lamiaceae, identification key, taxonomy, Israel, Mediterranean, Middle East, zoogeography
A review of and a key to four species of the ceutorhynchine genus Thamiocolus Thomson from Israel are presented. Thamiocolus chikatunovi n. sp. is described from the western edge of the Samarian and Judean deserts in Israel and from Mount Nebo in Jordan. Thamiocolus pici Korotyaev, 1997 is recognized as an Israeli species probably distinct from the very closely related western Anatolian Th. calcaratus (A. Schultze, 1901); photographs of the holotype of Th. calcaratus are published for the first time. Thamiocolus wittmeri Colonnelli, 1975 is recorded for the first time from Jordan. Middle Asian Thamiocolus hispidirostris (Iablokov-Khnzorian, 1971) is placed in synonymy with Th. tataricus (A. Schultze, 1900). A female very similar to the Turkish Th. comptus Colonnelli, 1997 is recorded from Syria, described in detail and illustrated. The tribe Ceutorhynchini and the genus Thamiocolus are briefly characterized, with a discussion of the composition of the Israeli Thamiocolus fauna and morphological features of its four species.
To cite: Korotyaev, B.A. & Friedman, A.-L.-L. 2020. A review of the weevil genus Thamiocolus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Conoderinae: Ceutorhynchitae: Ceutorhynchini) from Israel, with notes on some adaptive features of Ceutorhynchini and a new synonymy. Israel Journal of Entomology 50 (2): 103–131.
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