Brachycerus turriferus Gyllenhaal 1840

Not or only sparsely scaled in the depressions on the upper side, more heavily scaled on the underside. The minute scales are reddish or yellow.
Pronotum about as long as it is wide. Strongly expanded in the middle of the sides with a very sharp outer spine. The median longitudinal furrow is wide, finely keeled in the middle and flanked by 2 high longitudinal calluses, which can be interrupted or bent in the middle and converge anteriorly and slightly to the base; at the base a more or less large bulge or turbercle, and another small tubercle in front of it.
Elytra elongated-oval and each elytron has two rows of large tubercles (with 5-10 tubercles per row that are bubble-shaped, but sharply conical apically, and are mainly connected in the basal elytral part)
Length 9.5-20 mm; width 5-10 mm.

Original description in:
Gyllenhaal, L. 1840. Genera et species Curculionidum, cum synonyma hujus familiae, vol5
https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/4110602#page/635/mode/1up

Redescription in:
Haaf, E. 1957. Revision der äthiopischen und madagassischen Arten der Gattung Brachycerus Ol. (Col. Curc.). Entomologische Arbeiten Museum G. Frey 8: 1-274.
https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/item/173065#page/140/mode/1up

Description of B. spinipes (junior synonym) with illustration in:
Péringuey, L. 1881. First contribution to the South-African Coloeopterous Fauna. Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society, 3(2), 74–149. doi:10.1080/21560382.1881.9526176
https://sci-hub.ee/10.1080/21560382.1881.9526176
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/epdf/10.1080/21560382.1881.9526182

Distribution: Western Cape, South Africa (Namaqualand & Karoo)

iNat observations:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/28731885
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/9134010

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