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Species Rhopalotria slossoni

Belidae Rhopalotria slossoni - Rhopalotria slossoni - male Rhopalotria slossoni Rhopalotria slossoni
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Curculionoidea (Snout and Bark Beetles)
Family Belidae (Cycad Weevils)
Genus Rhopalotria
Species slossoni (Rhopalotria slossoni)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Rhopalotria slossoni (Schaeffer)
Orig. Comb: Allocorynus slossoni Schaeffer 1905
Explanation of Names
patronym for entomologist Annie Trumbull Slosson, who collected the type specimen.
Range
FL endemic (BRE, DAD) (1)
Food
on Zamia integrifolia (coontie)(2)
Life Cycle
The weevil pollinates the cycad, feeds on cycad pollen, and lays eggs on male cones; has a mutualistic relationship with the cycad Zamia pumila (Stevenson et al. 1998)
Works Cited
1. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.
2.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.