Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: March 24, 1997
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Many species of the family Curculionidae, or weevils, are important economically, either as pests or biological control agents of plants. This paper describes a potentially important association between the zygopine Acoptus suturalis and the fungus responsible for causing chestnut blight. The weevils may be suitable dispersal agents for hypovirulent transgenic strains of this fungus. This information may be useful for those interested in weevil biology, scientists studying chestnut blight and the chestnut industry
Technical Abstract: Carpomya tica, n. sp., from Costa Rica is described and reported as the first species of Carpomya from the Americas. Phylogenetic relationships within Carpomya are analyzed. Myiopardalis Bezzi and Goniglossum Rondani are recognized as subjective junior synnyms of Carpomya. Carpomya wiedemanni, n. comb., and C. pardalina (originaly described in Carpomya) are transferred to Carpomya from Goniglossum and Myiopardalis, respectively, and Spilographa caucasica Bigot is removed from the genus. A lectotype is designated for C. pardalina, and a key to the species of Carpomya is provided.