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Genus Baris

Snout Beetle - Baris punctate Curculionidae - Baris interstitialis Baris Baris Curculionidae, dorsal - Baris Baris Baris striata Say - Baris striata Curculionidae, dorsal - Baris
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 Curculionidae (Snout and Bark Beetles)
Subfamily Baridinae (Flower Weevils)
Tribe Baridini
Genus Baris
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
The present concept of this genus is probably artificial and at least paraphyletic; it will probably be split(1)
"Baris apparently does not occur in North America; it's a different genus here called Cyphirhinus." (Jens Prena, pers. comm. to =v= 1.iii.2012)
Explanation of Names
Baris Germar 1817
~90 spp. in our area(2)
NB: "Baris apparently does not occur in North America; it's a different genus here called Cyphirhinus. The species are so darn similar that conventional morphology has reached a limit here. I worked on them a little in the DC area and found that the local species display considerable host fidelity. Gilbert worked on the Californian species but the host association did not get him anywhere." (Jens Prena, pers. comm. to =v= 1.iii.2012)
worldwide and throughout NA(1)(2)
various plants, mostly Asteraceae(2)
The genus Baris Germar is female. Schoenherr, who was the first to look systematically into weevils, anticipated that future scientist will be lingually illiterate and unable to adjust a Latin epithet to another gender (he was right in that). He proposed that all weevil genera should be masculine by default and therefore emended already existing female generic names. He proposed Baridius as a replacement name for Baris. Obviously, the code is against him but up to the 1990s Baridius was still floating around in the literature. In contrast, Barinus was intentionally proposed for a different genus. --Jens Prena, pers. comm. to =v= 1.iii.2012 (just a cool piece of trivia, also showing what a visionary Schoenherr was... feel free to delete)
Works Cited
1.A world catalogue of families and genera of Curculionoidea (Insecta: Coleoptera)
Alonso-Zarazaga M.A., Lyal C.H.C. 1999. Entomopraxis, Barcelona. 315 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.