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Goose Weevil (Korean)

Paracycnotrachelus chinensis


It sure looks like a Giraffe Weevil to me. I was reading today about the Giraffe Weevil being from Madagascar, and only discovered in 2008, and I remembered this photo I took in South Korea in June of 2008. I couldn't find any mention of it living outside of Madagascar. What's going on here? Update: Mystery Solved! I think it's a shame though that the Giraffe Weevil of Madagascar gets all the glory, while it's damn near impossible to find any info on this nearly identical species.


Mountains, deciduous forest


Observed June 2008 in South Korea

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 months ago

Welcome zepher. It seems there are several other 'giraffe' type genera under Attelabidae - eg. Cycnotrachelus, Paracycnotrachelus are from east Asia. Here is Paracycnotrachelus chinensis from near Seoul.

zepher.p 9 months ago

Quick update, it seems it was actually described in 1860 by Henri Jekel in Madagascar. I don't know why several articles claim it wasn't discovered until 2008. I still can't find any record of it living anywhere else.

Tukup 9 months ago

Hi Zepher. Welcome to Project Noah. That is a great picture. I think you're right when you say it "looks like" a Giraffe Weevil. It does have similarities, but all the pictures of Giraffe Weevils I can find show a smooth reddish shell (elytra). Your picture shows a darker, brownish red color with grooves. I'm going to poke around a little, but weevils aren't my thing. I'll let you know if I find something. Perhaps someone else can help you out.

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전라북도, Republic of Korea

Spotted on Jun 20, 2008
Submitted on Oct 9, 2019

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