Fin-faced Weevil
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Adelaide Hills
Fin-faced Weevil
Fins in profile
 
                      
Fin-faced Weevil (Acantholophus planicollis)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Beetles (Coleoptera)
Family: True Weevil (Curculionidae)
Species: Fin-faced Weevil (Acantholophus planicollis)
This Photo:     Fins from above

Thank you Mark Hura for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found in the Adelaide Hills and possibly elsewhere
~12mm long.
Notice the butterfly shaped shield on it's face, creating fins that cover the eyes.
The only specimen we found was dead unfortunately.
Mark said "Your specimen closely matches Waterhouse's (1854) description. He mentions features such as the tubercles and granules as well as the colouring being somewhat variable, but the diagnostic features of your specimen fits with his description."

Copyright © 2018-2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 14-Sep-2018
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.