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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Ordo: Coleoptera
Subordo: Polyphaga
Infraordo: Cucujiformia
Cladus: Phytophaga
Superfamilia: Chrysomeloidea

Familia: Chrysomelidae
Subfamilia: Bruchinae
Tribus: Bruchini
Subtribe: Acanthoscelidina
Genus: Acanthoscelides
Species (55/340+): A. aequalis – A. alboscutellatus – A. atomus – A. aureolus – A. baboquivari – A. bellamyi – A. bisignatus – A. biustulus – A. calvus – A. chiricahuae – A. compressicornis – A. comstocki – A. daleae – A. desmanthi – A. distinguendus – A. flavescens – A. floridae – A. fraterculus – A. fumatus – A. griseolus – A. helianthemum – A. herissantitus – A. inquisitus – A. kingsolveri – A. lobatus – A. longistilus – A. macrophthalmus – A. margaretae – A. mixtus – A. modestus – A. multimaculatus – A. mundulus – A. napensis – A. obrienorum – A. obsoletus – A. obtectus – A. oregonensis – A. pallidipennis – A. pauperculus – A. pectoralis – A. pedicularius – A. perforatus – A. prosopoides – A. pullus – A. pusillimus – A. quadridentatus – A. rufovittatus – A. schaefferi – A. schrankiae – A. seminulum – A. speciosus – A. stylifer – A. subaequalis – A. submuticus – A. tenuis – A. tridenticulatus

[source: Catalogue of Life: 2013 Annual Checklist, plus A. multimaculatus

Check: A. alonsoi – A. belize – A. sauli

Add: A. infractus –

Acanthoscelides Schilsky, 1905

Acanthocelides [alternative original spelling]

Additional references

Johnson, C.D. 1977. Two new species of Acanthoscelides from North America and new host records from Desmanthus and Hoffmanseggia. (Coleoptera: Bruchidae). Pan-Pacific entomologist, 53: 60–73.
Johnson, C.D. 1983. Ecosystematics of Acanthoscelides (Coleoptera: Bruchidae) of southern Mexico and Central America. Miscellaneous publications of the Entomological Society of America, (56 )
Johnson, C.D. 1984. Acanthoscelides belize, n. sp. (Coleoptera: Bruchidae). Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society, 57: 339–343.
Johnson, C.D. 1990. Systematics of the seed beetle genus Acanthoscelides (Bruchidae) of northern South America. Transactions of the American Entomological Society, 116: 297–618.
Morse, G. 2014. 2.7.1. Bruchinae Latreille, 1802. Pp. 189–198 in: Leschen et al., 2014. Full chapter 2.7 (with link to PDF) Reference page.
Romero Napoles, J., de la Cruz Perez, A. & Kingsolver, J.M. 2009. Seed beetles (Coleoptera: Bruchidae) associated with Acacia cornigera (L.) Willd., with description of a new species of Acanthoscelides Schilsky. Insecta Mundi 0093: 1–11. Full article (PDF) Reference page.
Viana, J.H. 2016. Nomenclatural changes and lectotype designations in the seed-beetle genus Sennius Bridwell: with the synonymization of Megasennius Whitehead & Kingsolver (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae: Bruchinae). Zootaxa 4175(3): 249–260. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4175.3.4. Reference page.
Viana, J.H. & Ribeiro-Costa, C.S. 2013 (Online) 2014 (Print). Bruchines (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) associated with Senna neglecta (Vogel) H.S. Irwin and Barneby (Fabaceae: Caesalpinioideae): a new host plant for the subfamily. Journal of Natural History 48(1–2): 57–85. DOI: 10.1080/00222933.2013.791882 Paywall. Reference page.

Acanthoscelides is a genus of bean weevils of the subfamily Bruchinae. They are native to the New World. About one third of them can be found in Mexico.[1]

In 1946 this genus was populated with at least 322 species transferred from other genera, mainly Bruchus. Some of these were later placed into other genera.[2] Estimates of the current number of named species range from about 300[3] to 340,[1] and there are over 200 undescribed species.[1]

These beetles are generally 1.1 to 3.5 millimeters long. They have large, protruding eyes, and males often have larger eyes than females. They sometimes also have longer antennae.[2] The elytra are about twice as long as they are wide.[1] The beetles of this genus are diverse and the characters used to classify them are not well defined;[2] historically, Acanthoscelides is a wastebasket taxon, "used as a genus into which species are placed that do not fit within the limits of other genera".[1]

Most of these beetles feed on legumes. The majority specialize on Faboideae, many on Mimosoideae, and fewer on Caesalpinioideae. Some are known from non-legume host plants, such as mallows.[3]

Familiar species include Acanthoscelides obtectus, a worldwide pest of beans,[4] and Acanthoscelides macrophthalmus, which is employed as an agent of biological pest control against the invasive tree Leucaena leucocephala.[5]

Species include:[2][6]

Acanthoscelides aequalis
Acanthoscelides alboscutellatus (Horn, 1873)
Acanthoscelides atomus
Acanthoscelides aureolus (Horn, 1873)
Acanthoscelides baboquivari
Acanthoscelides bisignatus
Acanthoscelides biustulus (Fall, 1910)
Acanthoscelides calvus (Horn, 1873)
Acanthoscelides chiricahuae (Fall, 1910)
Acanthoscelides compressicornis (Schaeffer, 1907)
Acanthoscelides comstocki
Acanthoscelides daleae
Acanthoscelides desmanthi
Acanthoscelides distinguendus

Acanthoscelides longescutus
Acanthoscelides flavescens
Acanthoscelides floridae
Acanthoscelides fraterculus
Acanthoscelides fumatus
Acanthoscelides griseolus
Acanthoscelides helianthemum
Acanthoscelides herissantitus
Acanthoscelides inquisitus
Acanthoscelides kingsolveri
Acanthoscelides lobatus
Acanthoscelides longistilus
Acanthoscelides macrophthalmus
Acanthoscelides margaretae
Acanthoscelides mixtus
Acanthoscelides modestus
Acanthoscelides mundulus
Acanthoscelides napensis
Acanthoscelides oblongoguttatus
Acanthoscelides obrienorum
Acanthoscelides obsoletus
Acanthoscelides obtectus
Acanthoscelides oregonensis
Acanthoscelides pallidipennis
Acanthoscelides pauperculus
Acanthoscelides pectoralis
Acanthoscelides pedicularius
Acanthoscelides perforatus
Acanthoscelides prosopoides
Acanthoscelides pullus
Acanthoscelides pusillimus
Acanthoscelides quadridentatus
Acanthoscelides rufovittatus
Acanthoscelides sauli[7]
Acanthoscelides schaefferi
Acanthoscelides schrankiae
Acanthoscelides seminulum
Acanthoscelides sousai
Acanthoscelides speciosus
Acanthoscelides stylifer
Acanthoscelides subaequalis
Acanthoscelides submuticus
Acanthoscelides tenuis
Acanthoscelides tridenticulatus


Nápoles, J. R. and J. M. Kingsolver. (2009). A new species of Acanthoscelides Schilsky (Coleoptera: Bruchidae) from Mexico with some biological notes. Neotropical Entomology 38(4), 497-500.
Kingsolver, J. M. Handbook of the Bruchidae of the United States and Canada (Insecta, Coleoptera), Volume I. Technical Bulletin 1912. USDA ARS. 2004. pg. 89.
Alvarez, N., et al. (2006). Phylogenetic relationships in the Neotropical bruchid genus Acanthoscelides (Bruchinae, Bruchidae, Coleoptera). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 44(1) 63-74.
Acanthoscelides obtectus (Say). Canadian Grain Commission.
Egli, D. and T. Olckers. (2012). Oviposition patterns and egg mortality in Acanthoscelides macrophthalmus (Chrysomelidae: Bruchinae), a biological control agent of Leucaena leucocephala (Fabaceae) in South Africa. African Entomology 20(1), 111-18.
Acanthoscelides. Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
Nápoles, J. R., et al. (2009). Seed beetles (Coleoptera: Bruchidae) associated with Acacia cornigera (L.) Willd., with description of a new species of Acanthoscelides Schilsky. Insecta Mundi 93 1-11.

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