Liometophilus

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There is a single species, Liometopum manni of myrmecophilous weevil in Arizona in the nests of Liometopum apiculatum.


Liometophilus manni
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Beetle
Suborder: Polyphaga
Family: Curculionidae
Genus: Liometophilus
Species: L. manni
Binomial name
Liometophilus manni
Fall, 1912

Diagnosis

Description

Dark brown, elytra with a subbasal and post-median transverse fascia in which the scales are paler; beak and prothorax finely granulose, each granule bearing a rounded appressed scale; beak also with numerous short, stout, erect scales. Prothorax with anterior margin reflexed, slightly notched at apex and bearing together with the diseal and elytral eostm a single line of longer erect scales; disk of prothorax behind the transverse groove densely scaly and with a median impressed line. Elytra with rows of coarse punctures, somewhat as in Areosehizua; scales appressed except on the summits of the eostve. Legs clothed like the beak with appressed and short, stout, erect scales. Other characters as in the generic description, or in the figures. Length 3.5 mm.; width 1.2 mm.

Distribution

United States: Arizona (type from Ramsey Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains).

Biology

Found resting under rocks covering nests of Liometopum apiculatum. Mostly found around 2,000 meters elevation in forests dominated by oak trees. The type was collected by William M. Mann in Ramsey Canyon, Huachuca Mountains, Arizona on August 15, 1910 in runways of Liometopum apiculatum.

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