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Diversity 2018, 10(3), 75; https://doi.org/10.3390/d10030075

Kuschelysius, a New Alpine Genus of Eugnomine Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Curculioninae) from New Zealand

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The New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Research Ltd., Private Bag 92169, Auckland Mail Centre, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
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New Zealand Arthropod Collection, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, Private Bag 92170, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
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Received: 27 June 2018 / Revised: 22 July 2018 / Accepted: 24 July 2018 / Published: 27 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Systematics and Phylogeny of Weevils)
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Kuschelysius new genus is described for four species, K. hollowayae new species, K. durus new species, K. verbalis new species and K. nitens new species, which are found in alpine regions along the length of the South Island of New Zealand. The genus most closely resembles members of the genus Eugnomus but is distinguished from them by the presence of a small pair of post-ocular tubercles and by having appressed scales on the dorsal surfaces. Some members of Kuschelysius appear to be flight-capable with well-developed hindwings, while others have reduced hindwings and are presumably flightless. Many specimens have been collected from the flowers of Dracophyllum traversii, Celmisia and other alpine plants, and the guts of examined specimens contained pollen. We hypothesise that the species of Kuschelysius are pollinators of the New Zealand alpine flora. View Full-Text
Keywords: taxonomy; identification; diagnostics; pollination; flightlessness taxonomy; identification; diagnostics; pollination; flightlessness
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Brown, S.D.J.; Leschen, R.A.B. Kuschelysius, a New Alpine Genus of Eugnomine Weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Curculioninae) from New Zealand. Diversity 2018, 10, 75.

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