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A new Metapocyrtus paper by Hiraku Yoshitake


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The new Metapocyrtus species from Mindanao reproduced from the paper

I was rather surprised when I received an email from Hiraku Yoshitake where he sent me his latest paper: A New Species of the Subgenus Artapocyrtus of the Genus Metapocyrtus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae) from Mindanao, the Philippines.

What I know is that the last time a new species of Metapocyrtus and even with Pachyrhynchini in general was described by Schultze in 1934. This can also be confirmed in Yap 2008.

Now, Yoshitake has described Metapocyrtus sakaii from Surigao del Sur, Mindanao from the private collection of Kaoru Sakai. He says that the said species is different from its allied species by the presence of the conical projection on the ventral part of the rostrum for both sexes. The holotype is deposited in the NIAES type collection.