Myossita cirrifera, copyright Stephen Snow.

Belongs within: Curculioninae.

The Eugnomini are pollen-feeding weevils whose larvae live in various live or decaying plant tissues (Marvaldi & Lanteri 2005).

Characters (from Marvaldi & Lanteri 2005, as Eugnominae): Antennal scrobes extended towards venter of rostrum. Phanerognathous (maxillae exposed at sides of prementum). Eyes very prominent. Head relatively large, not subspherical, usually markedly prolonged behind eyes (if not very prolonged then funicle six-segmented). Mesepimeron not ascending and not visible from dorsal view. Front tibiae with grooming device on outer face consisting of short comb of setae, near tarsal articulation. Hind tibiae with apical comb of setae present, oriented transversely to tibial axis.

<==Eugnomini [Eugnominae]
    |  i. s.: Eugnomus Schoenherr 1847HL23
    |         StephanorhynchusM94
    |         PactolotypusM94
    |         Omoides flavipesML05
    |         UdeusHL23
    |  `--+--Aptilonotus aterHL23
    |     `--+--MeriphusHL23
    |        |    |--M. coronatus Pascoe 1873M86
    |        |    |--M. fullo Erichs. 1842M86
    |        |    |--M. guttatus Pascoe 1870M86
    |        |    |--M. longirostris Pascoe 1871M86
    |        |    `--M. umbrinus Pascoe 1870M86
    |        `--Myossita Pascoe 1865HL23, M94
    |             |--*M. rufula Pascoe 1865M94
    |             |--M. banksiae Lea 1899M94
    |             |--M. cirrifera Pascoe 1870M94
    |             |--M. melanocephala Pascoe 1870M86
    |             |--M. sublineata Pascoe 1875M86
    |             `--M. tabida Pascoe 1871M86
    `--+--Pactola demissaHL23
          `--+--Rhopalomerus argutusHL23
             `--+--Scolopterus penicillatusHL23
                `--Oreocalus latipennisHL23

*Type species of generic name indicated


[HL23] Haran, J., X. Li, R. Allio, S. Shin, L. Benoit, R. G. Oberprieler, B. D. Farrell, S. D. J. Brown, R. A. B. Leschen, G. J. Kergoat & D. D. McKenna. 2023. Phylogenomics illuminates the phylogeny of flower weevils (Curculioninae) and reveals ten independent origins of brood-site pollination mutualism in true weevils. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B—Biological Sciences 290: 20230889.

[ML05] Marvaldi, A. E., & A. A. Lanteri. 2005. Key to higher taxa of South American weevils based on adult characters (Coleoptera, Curculionoidea). Revista Chilena de Historia Natural 78: 65–87.

[M86] Masters, G. 1886. Catalogue of the described Coleoptera of Australia. Part V. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, series 2, 1 (3): 585–686.

[M94] May, B. M. 1994. An introduction to the immature stages of Australian Curculionoidea. In: Zimmerman, E. C. Australian Weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionoidea) vol. 2. Brentidae, Eurhynchidae, Apionidae and a chapter on immature stages by Brenda May pp. 365–728. CSIRO Australia.

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