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Acalles? - Canistes schusteri

Acalles? - Canistes schusteri
nr Fayetteville; Ozark National Forest, Lake Weddington, Washington County, Arkansas, USA
May 1, 2010
Size: 3 mm
I used the key in American Beetles and identified this as Cryptorhynchini, Acalles. I haven't tried identifying curculionids before, so confirmation of this or proper identification is appreciated.

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where/how was it found?

It was extracted from leaf litter using a berlese funnel. Exact coordinates are 36°06.312N 94°23.390 W. The area the litter is from is secondary oak/hickory forest 50-75 yrs old on the east slope of a small ridge. There's not a lot of herbaceous ground cover or undergrowth at the site. The site is rocky, with a lot of boulders and rocks on the surface.

new genus for the guide! thanks, Michael & Bob.

Canistes schusteri
Acalles is close but this is Canistes schusteri. Try the key again and see if you can find where you went astray.

That's precisely why I posted so many specimens on Bugguide today. Curculionids are probably the hardest group I've ever tried to work and it'll be easier to learn them if I can figure out characters and mistakes I've made early in the learning process.

please keep posting whatever you have --
your stuff is precious. btw, the guide already has a rather representative sample of curc genera and you can use the taxonomic summary on the fam. page(1) as a tool to help narrow down ID options while keying weevils our (in some subfamilies it's more helpful than in others).
i intend to edit the summary adding links to offsite images of missing genera, where available.

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