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Larinus sturnus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Curculionidae
Subfamily: Lixinae
Genus: Larinus
Dejean, 1821

180+, see text

Larinus is a genus of true weevils, comprising about 180 species, mostly in the Palaearctic region.[1] [2] Turkey appears to have a significant diversity of the group, with more than 50 species recorded in the Eastern part of the country. [1]

Several of these beetles are used as agents of biological pest control against noxious weeds. They feed on flower heads, destroying the developing seeds of the weeds.

Species include:

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  1. ^ a b L. Gültekin (2006). "A new weevil species Larinus araxicola sp. n. (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Lixinae) from northeastern Turkey with biological notes" (PDF). Proceedings of the Russian Entomological Society. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-10-31. 
  2. ^ Hoffman, A. 1954. Faune de France. 59, Coléoptères Curculionidés. Part 2. P. Lechavalier, Paris.