The Apionidae (Coleoptera) of the Canary Islands, with particular reference to the contribution of T. Vernon Wollaston
Morris Michael G.
Acta Entomologica Musei Nationalis Pragae 51(1): 157-182, 2011
Abstract: The contribution of T. V. Wollaston to knowledge of the Canarian Apionidae is
outlined in relation to subsequent work. An account is given of the material in
his collections at The Natural History Museum, London (BMNH), and in the Hope
Entomological Collections of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History
(OUMNH). Keys to the genera and the 23 taxa (species and subspecies) currently
known from the Canary Islands are provided. Notes on each taxon giving
taxonomic, ecological, distributional and other information, together with new
records, are included. Lepidapion canariense (Wagner, 1914), syn. nov., is here
synonymised with L. senex (Wollaston, 1864) and a lectotype of the latter
selected and labelled. The synonymy of Catapion ceuthorhynchoides (Wollaston,
1864) with C. pubescens (Kirby, 1811), originally proposed by Dieckmann (1989),
is confirmed. Holotrichapion (Nesiapion) rotundipenne (Wollaston, 1854), stat.
restit., is removed from synonymy with Hemitrichapion (Lotapion) wollastoni
(Chevrolat, 1852), and a lectotypes are designated for both species.
Key words: Apionidae, Wollaston, taxonomy, synonymy, lectotype, Canary Islands