Suara Serangga Papua, 2008, 2 (3) March 2008
1.Henk van Mastrigt
ALEXANDER RIEDEL visited Jayapura in December 2007. For many years he has been working on Curculionidae (about 100,000 species worldwide – only 50,000 described), especially the genus Trigonopterus(Cryptorhynchinae). He held an interesting presentation at the Cenderawasih University, for about 25 students and teachers of the biological department.
From Papua Indonesia alone about 1,000 species are described, but that number may be increase to 10,000 by good surveying. The genus Trigonopterus, very small sized (1-5 mm) and not flying beetles (see picture) is hyperdiverse in Papua. Although there are only 45 described species in New Guinea, several hundred mostly undescribed species are known. In the Cyclops Mts alone there are about 45 species. Nothing is known about their evolution and ecology. ALEXANDER , who is Curator Entomology of the State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe, Germany, explained the way in which these beetles must be collected and hopes to get support from the teachers and students. This website will get support from ALEXANDER in the near future.