Family: Anthribidae (fungus weevils)

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Fungus beetles range in size (3-30mm) and are usually dark in colour and densely patterned. The rostrum (snout) can be short or long and unlike the Curculionidae, the antennae (feelers) are long and slender. Adults and larvae feed on fungi, bark and rotting wood and adults also feed on pollen.

Chirotenon longimanus (One-spot fungus weevil), 21mm. [image by M. Picker & C. Griffiths , from Field Guide to Insects of South Africa, used with permission].

Xylinades rugicollis, 19mm. [image by M. Picker & C. Griffiths , from Field Guide to Insects of South Africa, used with permission].

 

  Publications

  • Frieser, R, 1981. Neue tropische Anthribiden (Coleoptera: Anthribidae). Annales Historico-naturales Musei Nationalis Hungaici 73: 207-216.

  • Frieser, R. 1983. Neue und bemerkenswerte africanische Anthiribiden (Coleoptera: Anthribidae). Revue d Zoologie et de Botanique Africaine 97(1): 107-17.

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