Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Gerstaeckeria knullorum (Sleeper)
Orig. Comb: Gerstacekeria knullorum Sleeper 1954
Explanation of Names
Patronym for Professor and Mrs. J. N. Knull whose annual collecting trips to the Southwestern United States have added much to our knowledge of the insect fauna of that region. (Sleeper 1954)
Length 6.2 mm
width 3.2 mm (Sleeper 1954)
AZ, TX (Sleeper 1954), (BG data)
Type Locality: Holotype, female, Huachuca Mts., Ariz. VIII-12-50, DJ & JNK. in (OSU).
DJ & JNK found this insect in large numbers on the light colored walls of a cabin in Miller Canyon, Huachuca Mtns., Ariz.
Superficially resembes G. basalts (LeConte) but keys out to G. alternatus Pierce in his key to the species (1912, p. 160, 162). However, knullorum is much smaller and in no way resembles the latter. G. knullorum can be separated easily from basalts as the latter has the third tarsal segment much larger than second. G. knullorum is a link between the subgenera Gerstaeckeria Champion and Philopunta Pierce, having characters which link it to both groups. (Sleeper 1954)
Pierce, W.D. 1912. Systematic notes and descriptions of some weevils of economic or biological importance. Proc. USNM, 42: 155-170.
Sleeper, E.L. 1954. New Rhynchophora. II. (Coleoptera, Anthribidae and Curculionidae). The Ohio Journal of Science, 54(3): 180-186. Full PDF