Trigonopterus corona: A beetle species named after coronavirus

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Scientists have discovered a new species of beetle named Trigonopterus corona on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

Note: It is not the only insect species to be named after the pandemic. In April 2021, a new species of caddisfly (a moth-like insect) was collected near a stream in Kosovo and named Potamophylax coronavirus.

About Trigonopterus corona
Source: Wikipedia

Trigonopterus is a genus of flightless weevils placed in the Cryptorhynchinae of Curculionidae.

Note: Weevils are beetles, known for their elongated snouts. They are usually small and herbivorous. Many weevils are considered pests because of their ability to damage and kill crops.

Habitat: Trigonopterus species are distributed in Australia, Indonesia and Melanesia.

Significance: Trigonopterus inhabit primary tropical forests, both on foliage and edaphic in the litter layer. They have a marked tendency to endemism, with many species only known from a single locality.

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