ColeopteraAmarygmus sp Anoplognathus sp Aphanestes gymnopleura Buprestidae Carphurus Cerambycidae Coleoptera (Beetles) Curculionidae Digitonthophagus gazella Dung Beetle Eretes australis Helea scaphiformis Johannica gemellata (Pandorea Leaf Beetle) Ladybirds (Beetles) Lepidiota Lucanidae Neospades sp Lycidae Omorgus Paropsine Beetle Paropsisterna sp Phorticosomus sp Pittosporum Leaf Beetle (Lamprolina impressicollis) Protaetia fusca Pterohelaeus sp Rhipiceridae Scarabaeidae Xylophilostenus octophyllus

The genus Lixus is a “True Weevil” in the beetle family Curculionidae, of which there are at least 950 described species. Their other common name is Snout Beetle.

Many of the weevil species have a long snout that they use to chew holes in plants for food and to make egg chambers.

The Lixus beetle here, was photographed in Alice Springs, where they are also known as Wattle Pigs, although this is also the common name for another genus Leptopius, subfamily Entiminae.

Snout Beetle (genus Lixus, family Curculionidae), Alice Springs NT
Snout Beetle (genus Lixus, family Curculionidae), Alice Springs NT
Snout Beetle (genus Lixus, family Curculionidae), Alice Springs NT
Snout Beetle (genus Lixus, family Curculionidae), Alice Springs NT
Snout Beetle (genus Lixus, family Curculionidae), Alice Springs NT
Snout Beetle (genus Lixus, family Curculionidae), Alice Springs NT
Snout Beetle (genus Lixus, family Curculionidae), Alice Springs NT
Snout Beetle (genus Lixus, family Curculionidae), Alice Springs NT
Snout Beetle (genus Lixus, family Curculionidae), Alice Springs NT
Snout Beetle (genus Lixus, family Curculionidae), Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Coleoptera
  • Suborder: Polyphaga
  • Superfamily: Curculionoidea
  • Family: Curculionidae
  • Subfamily: Molytinae
  • Tribe: Lixini
  • Genus: Lixus
  • Species:
    • Lixus albolineatus Lea, 1899
    • Lixus breweri Pascoe, 1874
    • Lixus cardui Olivier, 1807
    • Lixus immundus Boheman, 1859
    • Lixus imponderosus Lea, 1911
    • Lixus linearis Olivier, 1807
    • Lixus mastersii Pascoe, 1874
    • Lixus tasmanicus Germar, 1848

Footnote & References

  1. Many thanks for ID to Tony Eales, member of Australasian Beetles Only, Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/1180404322409639
  2. Many thanks for ID to Andrew Parker, member of NT Field Naturalists’ Club Inc, Facebook group, https://www.facebook.com/groups/ntfieldnaturalistsclub/
  3. Lixus Fabricius, 1801, Atlas of Living Australia, https://bie.ala.org.au/species/https://biodiversity.org.au/afd/taxa/df1ad94e-0ea3-4f23-97c6-c04d13fc0087
  4. Genus Lixus, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/taxa/71157-Lixus
  5. Genus Lixus, ausemade, iNaturalistAU, https://inaturalist.ala.org.au/observations/189313196
  6. All Weevil (Curculionoidea) sightings, NatureMapr, https://canberra.naturemapr.org/categories/239

ColeopteraAmarygmus sp Anoplognathus sp Aphanestes gymnopleura Buprestidae Carphurus Cerambycidae Coleoptera (Beetles) Curculionidae Digitonthophagus gazella Dung Beetle Eretes australis Helea scaphiformis Johannica gemellata (Pandorea Leaf Beetle) Ladybirds (Beetles) Lepidiota Lucanidae Neospades sp Lycidae Omorgus Paropsine Beetle Paropsisterna sp Phorticosomus sp Pittosporum Leaf Beetle (Lamprolina impressicollis) Protaetia fusca Pterohelaeus sp Rhipiceridae Scarabaeidae Xylophilostenus octophyllus

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