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Apr 11, 2011 8:30 PM

Cypriot bug

Not sure if this is a True Bug but I didn't know where else to put it!  It reminds me of a vine weevil but was a bit bigger.  I saw it on a concrete path (which it matches rather well) close to the sea near Paphos.  Can anyone identify it for me please?
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    Apr 13, 2011 9:40 AM (in response to AngieC)
    Re: Cypriot bug

    It is a species of Brachycerus (Curculionoidea, Brachyceridae). Three species have been recorded from Cyprus (argillaceus Reiche, 1857, callosus Gyllenhal, 1833, and sinuatus Olivier, 1807), but neither of these three is present in our collections to check.

     

    Paul

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        Apr 14, 2011 8:26 AM (in response to AngieC)
        Re: Cypriot bug

        Perhaps comapre with Brachycerus plicatus Gyllenhal, 1833. It is known  from Spain, several islands in the Mediterranean, North Africa and the  Near East. No records from Cyprus. All according to Fauna Europaea.

         

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            Apr 14, 2011 8:30 AM (in response to AngieC)
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            Well, after your reply I did do a search on images for plicatus and must say that most images that turned up were not showing the same species as we have in our collection under that name....

             

            Paul

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                Apr 16, 2011 7:53 AM (in response to AngieC)
                Re: Cypriot bug

                If you look on the web (in so far as you can trust it) there are several species of Brachycerus which look sufficiently similar that it becomes clear that ID will be a problem without the specimen.   For example:

                 

                http://fauneflore06.voila.net/pages/insecte/charancon.htm#Brachycerus (algirus)

                 

                http://www.zin.ru/animalia/Coleoptera/images/foto/brachycerus_lutosus.jpg

                 

                http://www.galerie-insecte.org/galerie/brachycerus_muricatus.html

                 

                In the latter case two specimens are illustrated with dorsal pictures and they look very different!  There is obviously some variability.  So I suspect we will never know.  But it does illustrate the continuing importance of taking specimens and building a collection - here we might have recorded a species new to the country!  So please don't listen to all these misguided people who say that collecting is wrong!

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                  Apr 16, 2011 10:36 AM (in response to Clive Washington)
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                  I think you are on the right track with B. lutosus ,I spotted this specimen in Lesbos ,and thought it

                  to be B. lutosus ,but as you say true identification cannot be positive  without close examination.

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