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Coleoptera - Exapion fuscirostre

Observed: 26th October 2013 By: MickETalbotMickETalbot’s reputation in InvertebratesMickETalbot’s reputation in InvertebratesMickETalbot’s reputation in InvertebratesMickETalbot’s reputation in InvertebratesMickETalbot’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Found on St. Johnswort, Broom and Gorse present.
Length: ~3 mm

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Broom seed Weevil (Exapion fuscirostre) interacts

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Extended nomenclature

iSpot Team,
Just found out that there is extended nomenclature for this species as follows:

Genus - Exapion
Subgenus - Exapion
Species - fuscirostre
Subspecies - flachi
Subspecies - fuscirostre

So if that is correct there are 2 subspecies as in Exapion (Exapion) fuscirostre flachi, this being a subgenus as well ?
The other would read, Exapion (Exapion) fuscirostre fuscirostre also a subgenus of the genus Exapion. So if it is correct it beggars the question, which one is this ?

Is this why no taxon table appears for this species ?

Worth a mention; I also asked Charlie Barnes the same question. His reply:

There's no mention of subspecies in the key or Duffs latest checklist - either it hasn't yet been decided what subspecies are present here, the authors don't (yet) agree that the subspecies exist or the identification of the publication pre-dates recognition. Mike Morris authored the Apionidae section of the checklist and should be able to explain the current situation.

Any relevant feed back will be most welcomed..

PS Have sent the query to Dr Mike Morris