The tribe Pachyrrhynchini is one of the spectacular curculionid beetles in the Philippines with the genus Pachyrrhynchus, the star of the group, dazzling many entomologists and collectors alike. There are also allied genera of which, one of the biggest is the genus Metapocyrtus. Less spectacular as the former but interesting nonetheless.
Not since W Schultze, then the director of the Bureau of Science in Manila published his last work on the tribe in 1934, the study of these magnificent beetles, where Philippine occurring species are specifically mentioned, has been sporadic:
- JANCZYK 1959 Neue Curculioniden der Zoologischen Abteilung des Naturhistorischen Museums (2. Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Curculionidae)
- STARR & WANG 1992 Pachyrhynchine Weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) of the Islands Fringing Taiwan
Early this year, Sheng Yap (University Extension Specialist, Museum of Natural History, University of the Philippines Los Baños) got in touch with me and sent me two new and significant papers of the genus Metapocyrtus, a god send, considering the dearth of papers on the group:
- YAP & GAPUD 2007 Taxonomic review of the Genus Metapocyrtus HELLER Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae)
- YAP 2008 Checklist of the Metapocyrtus Complex (Curculionidae: Entiminae: Pachyrrhynchini) of the Philippines
I will be detailing these two papers in two succeeding posts.
- Checklist of the Metapocyrtus Complex (Curculionidae: Entiminae: Pachyrrhynchini) of the Philippines – YAP, 2008
- Taxonomic review of the Genus Metapocyrtus Heller (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae) – YAP & GAPUD, 2007
- The Curculionidae gallery page now redesigned
- New Pachyrrhynchini species and checklist pages
- Unidentified Metapocyrtus sp. from Cebu