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Brachycerus muricatus
(garlic weevil)



Brachycerus muricatus (garlic weevil)


  • Last modified
  • 24 October 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Brachycerus muricatus
  • Preferred Common Name
  • garlic weevil
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta

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TitleB. muricatus adult
CopyrightLuigi Sannino
B. muricatus adultLuigi Sannino


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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Brachycerus muricatus Olivier, 1790

Preferred Common Name

  • garlic weevil

Other Scientific Names

  • Brachycerus algirus Fabricius, 1787

International Common Names

  • Spanish: gorgojo de los ajos
  • French: brachycère de l'oignon

Local Common Names

  • Italy: brachicero dell'aglio

EPPO code

  • BRCCAL (Lixomorphus algirus)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Coleoptera
  •                         Family: Curculionidae
  •                             Genus: Brachycerus
  •                                 Species: Brachycerus muricatus

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Growth Stages

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List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Stems / internal feeding
Vegetative organs / internal feeding

Pathway Vectors

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VectorNotesLong DistanceLocalReferences
Land vehicles Yes

Plant Trade

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Plant parts liable to carry the pest in trade/transportPest stagesBorne internallyBorne externallyVisibility of pest or symptoms
Bulbs/Tubers/Corms/Rhizomes adults; larvae; pupae Yes Pest or symptoms usually visible to the naked eye
Plant parts not known to carry the pest in trade/transport
Fruits (inc. pods)
Growing medium accompanying plants
Seedlings/Micropropagated plants
Stems (above ground)/Shoots/Trunks/Branches
True seeds (inc. grain)


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Abbazzi P, Osella G, 1992. Checklist of the Italian Anthribidae, Rhinomaceridae, Attelabidae, Apionidae, Brentidae, Curculionidae (Insecta, Coleoptera, Curculionoidea). Part I. Redia, 75(2):267-414

Balachowsky A, Mesnil L, 1936. Les Insectes Nuisible aux Plantes CultivTes. Paris, France: Institut National Agronomique.

Bonnemaison L, 1953. Les Parasites Animaux des Plantes CultivTes et des ForOts. Paris, France: SEIA.

Dallas ED, 1927. Nota sobre un Cole=ptero paleßrctico introducido en la Rep·blica Argentina. Revista de la Sociedad Entomologica Argentina, 2(4):73-74.

Della Beffa G, 1949. Gli insetti dannosi all'agricoltura e i moderni metodi e mezzi di lotta. Milan, Italy: Hoepli U.

EPPO, 2014. PQR database. Paris, France: European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

Espinosa B, Balbiani A, Sannino L, 1991. Osservazioni biologiche su Brachycerus algirus (Fabricius, 1787) dannoso all'aglio in Campania e panoramica dei Brachycerus italiani. (Coleoptera Curculionidae). Memorie Societa Entomologica Italiana, 69:79-96.

G=mez-Clemente F, 1934. El gorgojo de los ajos (Brachycerus algirus Fab.). Boletin de Patologia Vegetal y Entomologia Agraria, 7(27-30):104-114.

Hoffmann A, 1950. Faune de France. C=leoptFres Curculionides, 52 (I T.). Paris, France: Lechevalier.

Kippenberg von H, 1981. Curculionidae. In: Freude H, ed. Die KSfer Mitteleuropas, 10. Krefeld, Germany: Goecke & Evers.

Lodos N, 1977. Preliminary list of Curculionidae (Coleoptera) with notes on distribution, abundance and biology of species in Turkey. III. Brachycerus 0l. Turkiye Bitki Koruma Dergisi, 1(2):29-38

Menozzi C, 1947. Animali e Vegetali dannosi alla Barbabietola da Zucchero e Mezzi per Combatterli. Bologna, Italia.

Osella G, Colonnelli E, Zuppa AM, 1998. Mediterranean Curculionoidea with Southern African affinities (Coleoptera). In: Colonnelli E, ed. Taxonomy, Ecology and Distribution of Curculionoidea. Proceedings of Symposium, XX International Congress of Entomology, Firenze, Italy (28 August, 1996), 221-265.

Pape P, 1910. Brachyceridae. In: Schenkling S, ed. Coleopterorum Catalogus, 28, Paris 16. Berlin, Germany: Junk, 1-36.

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