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Communication published on 14 August 2018, see Diversity 2018, 10(3), 93.

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Diversity 2018, 10(2), 30; https://doi.org/10.3390/d10020030

The Enigmatic Weevil Genus Philetaerobius from Southern Africa: Definition, Affinities and Description of Three New Species (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae)

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Department of Forest Protection and Entomology, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, Kamýcká 1176, CZ-165 21 Praha 6-Suchdol, Czech Republic
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CSIRO Australian National Insect Collection, G.P.O. Box 1700, Canberra, A.C.T. 2601, Australia
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Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, University of Torino, Via Accademia Albertina 13, 10123 Torino, Italy
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Received: 7 March 2018 / Revised: 17 April 2018 / Accepted: 21 April 2018 / Published: 1 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Systematics and Phylogeny of Weevils)
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The small entimine genus Philetaerobius Marshall, 1923 is revised, entailing a redescription of the genus and the only hitherto described species, P. nidicola Marshall, as well as the description of three new species, P. endroedyi sp. n., P. garibebi sp. n. and P. louwi sp. n. A lectotype is designated for P. nidicola Marshall. The habitus and taxonomically important structures of all species are illustrated, including the previously unrecorded male and female genitalia. A key to the four species is provided, as well as a map of their known distributions in southern Namibia and the Northern and Western Cape provinces of South Africa. The habits of the genus, as known, are summarized, and its taxonomic position and indicated relationship with the taxonomically equally isolated genus Spartecerus are discussed. The habitus and genitalia of some Spartecerus species are also illustrated, and the available information on the life-history of the genus is summarized. View Full-Text
Keywords: taxonomy; South Africa; Namibia; weevils; new taxa; spermatheca; Mimaulus; Spartecerus taxonomy; South Africa; Namibia; weevils; new taxa; spermatheca; Mimaulus; Spartecerus
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Borovec, R.; Oberprieler, R.G.; Meregalli, M. The Enigmatic Weevil Genus Philetaerobius from Southern Africa: Definition, Affinities and Description of Three New Species (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae). Diversity 2018, 10, 30.

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