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Pachyrrhynchus amabilis SCHULTZE 1922 and its mimics


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Pachyrrhynchus amabilis SCHULTZE 1922

Pachyrrhynchus amabilis SCHULTZE 1922 - female

Pachyrrhynchus amabilis SCHULTZE 1922

Pachyrrhynchus amabilis SCHULTZE 1922 - female

Pachyrrhynchus amabilis SCHULTZE 1922 is a beautiful weevil that is found in the higher elevations of Bukidnon in Mindanao Island. It has a deep purple body with the elytra having scale markings forming four patches. In between these patches are bare areas that the resulting pattern is a cross.

Its a rather common species that is sympatric with Pachyrrhynchus chamissoi SCHULTZE 1922, a smaller version with the elytral markings pinkish in color. Like many other Pachyrrhynchus species, it has two mimics: Doliops edithae VIVES 2009 and Paradoliops cabigasi VIVES 2009

Doliops edithae VIVES 2009

Doliops edithae VIVES 2009 - female

Doliops edithae VIVES 2009

Doliops edithae VIVES 2009 - male

Paradoliops cabigasi VIVES 2009

Paradoliops cabigasi VIVES 2009


Doliops edithae VIVES 2009 is rather rare, just like with the other species members of the genus. With the way it has remarkably copied the patters and color of the model species, one would often confuse this species for the model. Described by my friend, Eduard Vives, it was named after my mother.

Paradoliops cabigasi VIVES 2009 is quite rare and this, probably, is the second species of the genus to be described. What strikes me is that it’s also a mimic of P. amabilis which is rather unusual. The author, wrote in his description that this is a mimic of P. chamissoi but because of its rather big size, I would disagree. This species was named after me.