Caridae

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Not to be confused with Caridea.
Caridae
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Infraorder: Cucujiformia
Superfamily: Curculionoidea
Family: Caridae
Genera

Caridae is a small Gondwanan family of weevils. They are considered part of the primitive weevil group, because they have straight rather than elbowed antennae. The insertion of the antennae on the rostrum cannot be seen from above. Caridae also lack spiracles on abdominal tergites 6 and 7. The prothorax lacks lateral carinae. It has been suggested that the fossil weevil Eccoptarthrus belongs in this family, which would result in a change in the family name (as "Eccoptarthridae" would have seniority); this proposal has been rejected by most coleopterists (e.g.[1])

They are usually found on trees from the Cupressaceae. The genus, Car, has been found on Callitris, and Caenominurus on Austrocedrus and Pilgerodendron.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kuschel, G. 2003. Nemonychidae, Belidae, Brentidae (Insecta : Coleoptera: Curculionoidea). Fauna of New Zealand 45, 100 pages. ISBN 0-478-09348-9