Anthonomus (genus)

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Anthonomus grandis - details of head and foreleg (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Simon Hinkley & Ken Walker, Museum Victoria
Source: PaDiL

Anthonomus Germar, 1817

This is a large genus of plant feeding weevils with many species and a world-wide distribution. Already in America there are around 500 species. Important pest species are the boll weevil and the pepper weevil in America, as well as the apple weevil in Europe.

The genus is characterized by a combination of various morphological characters, among them a long and slender rostrum with a lateral groove ending near the middle of the eye or the ventral tooth on the profemur usually having a notch on the anterior margin which can be deep (see illustration on right).

Some species of Anthonomus specifically feed on weeds and are of interest as biological control agents. See the page Anthonomus (weed bioagents) for those species.

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: