Submitted to: Zootaxa
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: August 4, 2009
Publication Date: August 27, 2009
Citation: Prena, J. 2009. The West Indian Peridinetini (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Baridinae). Zootaxa. 2210:51-64 Interpretive Summary: Weevils are an extremely diverse group of usually small-sized insects with many agricultural pest species included that cause billions of dollars in damage annually. This research reviews species from the West Indies that develop in plants of the black pepper family. The results will allow agriculturalists and action agencies, such as APHIS, to better identify and recognize potential pest species.
Technical Abstract: Two genera and eight species of Peridinetini are recognized in the West Indies; four of the species are newly described. Peridinetus Schönherr occurs in the Greater Antilles with P. concentricus (Olivier), P. decipiens Prena sp. n., P. fuscosignum Prena sp. n., P. roeselii (Boheman) and P. sexguttatus (Fabricius) comb. n. Palliolatrix Prena occurs in the Lesser Antilles with P. insignis (Chevrolat), P. latepicta Prena sp. n. and P. silacea Prena sp. n. Peridinetus is a new senior subjective synonym of Ephimerus Schönherr (syn. n.). Peridinetus sexguttatus is a new senior subjective synonym of Baridius ovalis Westwood (syn. n.). Baridius ovalis Westwood is a new senior homonym of Baridius ovalis Boheman (hom. n.) and Baris ovalis Richard (hom. n.). Baridius inanis Kirsch is resurrected as a valid name for B. ovalis Boheman (nom. res.). No replacement name is proposed for B. ovalis Richard. Peridinetus signatus Rosenschöld and Conotrachelus concentricus (Olivier) are overlooked synonyms of P. concentricus. Habitus images, distribution maps and a key for identification are provided.