Nemonychidae

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Nemonychidae
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Doydirhynchus austriacus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Suborder: Polyphaga
Infraorder: Cucujiformia
Superfamily: Curculionoidea
Family: Nemonychidae
Subfamily

Nemonychidae is a small family of weevils, placed within the primitive weevil group because they have straight rather than elbowed antennae. They are often called pine flower weevils. As in the Anthribidae, the labrum appears as a separate segment to the clypeus, and the maxillary palps are long and projecting. Nemonychidae have all ventrites free, while Anthribidae have ventrites 1-4 connate or partially fused. Nemonychidae lack lateral carinae on the pronotum, while these are usually present, though may be short, in Anthribidae.

Nemonychidae feed upon the pollen of softwoods such as pine.

Selected genera[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cano,R.J., Poinar,H.N., Pieniazek,N.J., Acra,A. and Poinar,G.O. Jr. (1993). Amplification and sequencing of DNA from a 120-135-million-year-old weevil, Nature, 363, 536-538.