Curculionoidea - Uncovering Gondwana

With more than 60,000 described species in over 6,000 genera the Curculionoidea (weevils) are one of the most diverse and species-rich superfamilies of eukaryotes on the planet. Australia is one of the few regions of the world harbouring all seven families and 20 of the 26 subfamilies of the Curculionoidea. Importantly, Australia contains the old, Gondwana lineages otherwise only found in South America (Nemonychidae, Beline Belidae and Caridae). Many subfamilies and tribes are endemic (Gunter et al. 2016). The superfamily is considered ancient with origins in the late Jurassic period.

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