The weevils are a huge group of beetles. The superfamily Curculionoidea includes some 65,000 to 70,000 described species and possibly another 150,000 remain to be discovered and named.
Weevils are mostly plant-feeders, and have diversified depending on their food type, such as seeds or dead wood, or coevolved with their hosts, remaining associated with a single plant lineage.
Another important area of work is to assist taxonomists worldwide by increasing their access to information about these insects.
There is confusion on how higher taxa (tribes, subfamilies and even families) are composed and recognised. This is particularly so for two of the largest weevil subfamilies, Molytinae and Cryptorhynchinae. This project aims to clarify the situation.
Current weevil classification is determined largely on morphology – the external physical features of the beetles. This project seeks additional information from genes to enhance and test current classification of the family Curculionidae.
This project is assessing the nomenaclatural status of the vast numbers of names used within the group.
Weevil larvae feeding in the seeds of tropical trees can cause immense loss. This project seeks greater understanding of the species present and their host preferences.
A web-based system for online discussion and data access.
This new pilot system dynamically extracts and displays descriptions, keys, specimen information and many other data from legacy literature, in a way not possible for other systems.