Trigonopterus chewbacca

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Trigonopterus chewbacca


Taxonavigation: Curculionoidea 

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Ecdysozoa
Cladus: Panarthropoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Classis: Insecta
Cladus: Dicondylia
Subclassis: Pterygota
Ordo: Coleoptera
Subordo: Polyphaga
Superfamilia: Curculionoidea

Familia: Curculionidae
Subfamilia: Molytinae
Tribus: Cryptorhynchini
Subtribus: Tylodina
Genus: Trigonopterus
Species: Trigonopterus chewbacca


  • Trigonopterus chewbacca Van Dam & Riedel, 2016: 131–133, fig. 1.
Type locality: Papua New Guinea, West New Britain Prov., E of Silali Village, Nakanai Range, S05°31.233', E151°03.343', 800 m.
Holotype: ANIC, ARC4224 (GenBank # KU888903), ♂, 21-22-XI-2014, from leaf litter.
Etymology: This epithet is a noun in apposition and based on the likeable fictional character Chewbacca in George Lucas’ Star Wars movies, portrayed primarily by Peter Mayhew. This species has dense scales on the head and the legs, which reminds the authors of Chewbacca’s dense fur.


Van Dam M, Laufa R, Riedel A (2016) Four new species of Trigonopterus Fauvel from the island of New Britain (Coleoptera, Curculionidae). ZooKeys 582: 129–141, doi: 10.3897/zookeys.582.7709